City Administrator Don Eikmeier recently briefed the City Council regarding the June 27 flooding in Cherokee when the area received 6-8 inches of rain in a few hours and swelled the Little Sioux River and its tributaries to record flash-flood heights.
Eikmeier tol the Council thaty more than 350 residents had registered at City Hall to report damages from flood waters, ground water, and/or sewer back-up.
Flood damage to City public facilities totaled more than $400,000, according to Eikmeier.
The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) visited Cherokee June 30 to inspect flood damages and collect information. The City is now waiting notice as to whether a federal disaster proclamation is to be issued that would release monies for assistance. Applications for State assistance are available at City Hall for lower income residents who incurred damages as a result of the flood.
Cherokee County, among other Iowa counties, has been declared a disaster by Iowa Governor Chet Culver because of the flooding and damages.
Residents affected by the flood have been asked to document all repairs and damages in the event of any State and/or Federal assistance.