FEMA has approved more than $1.5 million dollars in grants for Northwest Iowa residents affected by this past summer's flooding and severe storms.
So far, FEMA has approved grants of about $480,000 for O'Brien County homeowners and renters who had storm damage in June, July or August.
Residents of Cherokee County have been approved for more than $391,000.
The grants do not have to be re-paid.
In Northwest Iowa, six counties are included in the presidential disaster declaration, and FEMA has approved housing assistance grants for individuals in the following amounts:
O'Brien County: $480,000
Cherokee County: $391,000
Lyon County: $344,000
Sioux County: $161,000
Osceola County: $115,000
Ida County: $17,000
(Amounts are current as of Oct. 20, 2010 and rounded to the nearest $1,000.)
Statewide, FEMA has approved about $23 million in grants for residents of 38 declared Iowa counties. Only people who have registered with FEMA have received grant money.
You still have time to register with FEMA to find out if you're eligible to receive money.
People with ANY amount of flood or storm damage in June, July or August should register, even if they have already cleaned up and made repairs.
At the request of the state, FEMA has extended the registration deadline to Nov. 12.
To register, call 1-800-621-3362 or visit DisasterAssistance.gov.
Individual Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and low-interest loans and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of flooding and severe weather.