Debris Removal Activities and Disaster Assistance Update
Mayor Tom Brown, the City Council and our city staff have been working with Governor Kim Reynolds, the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT), Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) and Boone County Emergency Management on Madrid’s recovery from the August 10th, 2020 Derecho storm. The Governor, DOT and HSEM are extending a significant amount of resources to assist the City of Madrid in our emergency management and recovery. This assistance is saving a significant amount of resources and finances for Madrid taxpayers within our city budget.
The City’s FEMA contractor will be finalizing their clearing of dangerous hanging limbs and dangerous leaning trees on public property, the High Trestle Trail and in/over the Right of Way this week. Please continue to be cautious while driving as they are on the road while doing this work. The DOT will be clearing debris from the “right of way” in the near future (likely starting on September 14th) and this will be the final debris removal operation from the August 10, 2020 storm. Please be cautious while driving as this will again be a process that will involve big trucks and machinery. Once the DOT has completed the removal of debris we will be working with HSEM to chip and dispose of the debris site on Southern Prairie Drive.
All remaining storm damage from homes and other personal property falls under the responsibility of the home owner. Please work with Walter’s Sanitary or another personal contractor to meet your individual needs. Each home owner should keep good records around their individual disposal efforts so they can utilize their own personal insurance and/or possible governmental assistance that might become available from State and Federal supports.
On Tuesday (9/1/20), Gov. Reynolds announced 10 additional counties have been approved for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual Assistance Program. Individuals and business owners in Boone County may now apply for the FEMA Individual Assistance Program. FEMA Individual Assistance can provide disaster-affected homeowners, renters, and businesses with programs and services to maximize recovery, including assistance with housing, personal property replacement, and medical expenses. Individuals and business owners approved for the Individual Assistance Program may apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. TTY users can call 800-462-7585.
The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program is no longer available in counties where the FEMA Individual Assistance Program has been made available. Visit the Iowa Department of Human Services website at https://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs for more information.
The City of Madrid experienced significant and unprecedented damage to resident homes, businesses and the City as a whole as a result of the Derecho Storm on Monday, August 10th, 2020. We immediately came together as a community to recover from the devastation. I couldn’t be more proud of our Citizens, we are a GREAT community! We have been working with many volunteers, Boone County and Iowa State Agencies to coordinate support and recovery services across the city and our rural areas. There will be more to come as we continue to work with citizens, volunteers, Boone County Emergency Management, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Iowa Department of Transportation and other State and Federal Agencies and contractors. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything everyone has done to help others in this time of great need. We are strong and we will prevail!
Mayor Tom Brown
How to report damage to Emergency Management / Iowa Homeland Security:
Please use this form to report damage to your property, roads, utilities or any other storm-related information. This damage report will be sent to Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management and made available to your local emergency manager to better understand the event that caused the damage. Your contact information contained in the damage report will be kept confidential pursuant to Iowa Code § 22.7 (18). Click here to access the form
Welcome to the City of Madrid…
Madrid is a community with a rich history, great traditions and a welcoming, small-town atmosphere. Madrid is a great place to live, work and play with affordable homes, a growing business climate, beautiful parks, nearby recreational areas and the High Trestle Trail. Local schools, groups like Cub Scouts and 4-H, and Library activities are only a few examples that demonstrate Madrid’s family-friendly culture.
At the intersection of Highways 210 and 17, Madrid brings you within minutes of Ames, Boone, Ankeny and Des Moines and is a great destination for cycling enthusiasts. Come for a visit or make Madrid your home. You’ll be glad you did.