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Financial assistance available for some Southeast Iowa flood victims

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MONTROSE, Ia. (WGEM) -

Heavy flooding across the tri-states has caused a lot of damage to homes and vehicles and now people who live in Southeast Iowa may see some financial relief.

Virginia LeMatty's backyard in Montrose looks more like a river now because of flooding.

Her son Tracy LeMatty lives right next door and says he likes living on the river, but when heavy rains come, so does flooding.

"Really bad. It floods everything out pretty good," said LeMatty. 

In fact in 1993, Virginia says she had to be taken out of her home by boat because the flooding got so bad.

Now, with waters almost reaching the LeMatty's back door, they fear their neighborhood will get worse if it continues to rain.

"Every time, this time I don't know how bad my cellar is, but it always comes in here if we get a bad flood," said LeMatty. 

Lee County Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Cirinna says people like the LeMatty's whose homes may see damage from flooding might be eligible for state assistance now that Governor Terry Branstad issued a disaster relief proclamation.

"If you've sustained any damage from the rains or the flooding and then you can get a hold of me and we'll start the process. There's a form to be filled out and we'll have that taken care of," said Cirinna. 

Cirinna says low income families can receive up to $5,000 to make repairs to damaged homes or vehicles.

And Cirinna says the proclamation also helps the county receive resources during flooding.

"It allows us to gather resources from the state like sandbags. In 2008, we got pumps and things like that so if it's state resource that allows us to say hey can we use this? and they'll send it down," said Cirinna. 

Applications must be received within 45 days of the damage.

To see if you qualify for assistance go to:

http://www.dhs.state.ia.us./Consumers/Assistance_Programs/CashAssistance/DisasterAssistance/StormHelp.html
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