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FLOOD UPDATE: Local Disaster Recovery Center


Effective at 5:00 pm today (8/19/10) the emergency shelter at Hiatt Middle School, 1214 E. 15th Street, in Des Moines will be closing.  The shelter residents there today have all been provided alternative temporary housing or given options for available housing, both temporary and long-term.

Beginning tomorrow (8/20/10) a Local Disaster Recovery Center will open at Logan Community Center, 1740 E. Garfield Street, Des Moines.  The center will be open from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm until further notice.  This includes Saturday and Sunday.  

A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is a readily accessible facility where people affected by the heavy rains and flooding may go for information about local disaster assistance programs, recovery information, or questions regarding their situation.

Some of the services the DRC will provide:

  • Health assessments
  • Housing assistance (This is not a shelter. Only housing referrals will be made.)
  • Food assistance (This is not a feeding site. Only food program referrals will be made.)
  • Flood clean up advice and clean up kits
  • Debris and water removal assistance
  • Mental health services
  • Questions and guidance on procedures for re-entering affected homes

Individuals, families, and businesses needing these services or with questions about flood related needs are encouraged to stop and speak with the agencies and organizations staffing the DRC.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is expected to join the local officials at this site sometime next week.  Until then, individuals and businesses that have been affected by this disaster are encouraged to call FEMA’s tele-registration number 1-800-621-3362 or register on-line at  

Information provided by The Polk County Emergency Management Agency. The Polk County Emergency Management Agency is responsible for countywide coordination of preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities related to natural and technological emergencies and disasters.


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