Homeowners and renters in 10 more Iowa counties may now apply for FEMA Individual Assistance for losses sustained during the derecho. CREDIT KCRG

By CBJ News Staff
news@corridorbusiness.com

Homeowners and renters in 10 more Iowa counties, including Benton and Cedar counties in the Corridor, may now apply for FEMA Individual Assistance for losses resulting from the devastating derecho on Aug. 10.

Assistance provided by FEMA for homeowners can include grants for repairs to make their primary home habitable. Rental assistance is available to pay for temporary housing for homeowners and renters. Lodging expense reimbursement may be available to eligible households who have stayed in a hotel for a short period of time. FEMA assistance can also help with other disaster-related needs like replacing essential household items, and medical and dental expenses.

Residents in Benton, Boone, Cedar, Jasper, Linn, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story and Tama counties are now eligible to apply.

Applicants are encouraged to contact their insurance company first and file a claim for any disaster-caused damage. They should take photographs or video of any damage, and keep all receipts for repair work.

To apply for assistance, contact FEMA online at DisasterAssistance.gov or call (800) 621-3362. TTY users can call (800) 462-7585.