FEMA representative Michelle Oliva is becoming quite knowledgeable about Woodbury County.
She and a crew of about a dozen Federal Emergency Management Agency workers went door-to-door in Sioux City Monday afternoon, assisting people in registering for disaster assistance from recent flooding.
On March 23, President Donald Trump issued an expedited major disaster declaration for 56 Iowa counties, including Woodbury, affected by floods.
This also means individual assistance is available for residents who may be facing expenses or serious needs they cannot otherwise meet.
“Over the weekend, we were able to help people in Hornick, Iowa, to fill out paperwork,” Oliva said. “Now, we’re canvassing in Sioux City.”
Flooding along the West Fork of the Little Sioux River and a compromised levee forced more than 200 Hornick residents to evacuate the small Woodbury County town for several days. Many residents returned home to flooded basements and other water damage.