Gov. Kim Reynolds sent a letter on Thursday, March 21st, 2019 to President Donald Trump requesting that he grant an expedited Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for 57 counties that have been severely impacted by the recent flooding along the Missouri River and other parts of the state.
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Dickinson County has opened two sandbag fill sites - one in Spirit Lake and one in Milford.
The site in Spirit Lake is located at the Spirit Lake Public Works building just south of Fareway at 2012 Keokuk Avenue.
The Milford site is located at the Milford Public Works building at 1706 M Avenue. From the intersection of Highway 71 and 17th Street, go two blocks west, then one block north on M Avenue.
The sites are open to any resident of Dickinson County and are self-serve, meaning we are providing sand and sandbags ONLY. Persons going to the sites will need to bring shovels and will have to fill and haul their own sandbags.
In response to Governor Reynolds’ disaster declarations for many Iowa counties, the Iowa Department of Revenue has granted a 30-day extension and suspension of any penalty or interest for taxpayers whose principal residence or business is located in the disaster areas and whose payment or return is due on or before March 31. This includes all tax types.
The governor has issued declarations for 41 counties impacted by the recent flooding: Adair, Bremer, Buena Vista, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Cherokee, Clay, Clayton, Crawford, Dallas, Delaware, Dickinson, Emmet, Fayette, Franklin, Fremont, Guthrie, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Humboldt, Ida, Iowa, Kossuth, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, O'Brien, Page, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pottawattamie, Shelby, Sioux, Tama, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Woodbury, Worth, and Wright.
State law authorizes Iowa Department of Revenue Director Kraig Paulsen to extend the period of time for filing tax returns and making associated payments. This includes the suspension of any penalty or interest associated with those returns or payments.
Cleanup kits are available for those who are dealing with water in their homes. The kits, provided by the American Red Cross, contain work gloves, rubber gloves, a scrubbing sponge, plastic bags, mop, scrub brush, squeegee, and a cleaning and disinfecting solution. The kits are available at the following locations:
- Sheriff's Office in the Courthouse: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm
- Milford City Hall: Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
- Lake Park City Hall: Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:00pm
The kits are free of charge and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation today in response to flooding and flash flooding beginning March 13 and continuing.
The governor's proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program, for these 15 counties: Adair, Bremer, Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dallas, Dickinson, Emmet, Fayette, Franklin, Fremont, Guthrie, Hardin, Plymouth, and Shelby.
There are several road closures around the county due to flooding:
- County Road N16 (320th Avenue) north of Superior between 120th Street and 140th Street (Swan Lake area)
- 190th Avenue between 110th Street and 120th Street in Diamond Lake Twp
- 240th Street between 120th Avenue and 130th Avenue (M27) in West Port Twp
- 125th Street between 150th Avenue and 160th Avenue in Silver Lake Twp
- 180th Street between 170th Avenue and 190th Avenue in Lakeville Twp
- 190th Avenue at Horseshoe Bend, just north of 240th Street in Okoboji Twp
- 170th Avenue between 140th Street and Highway 9 in Diamond Lake Twp
- 190th Avenue between 260th Street and 270th Street (Clay County line) in Okoboji Twp
There may be more closures than what are listed here. Do not drive around barricades and do not drive through flooded roads. Turn around, don't drown!
Updated 3/21/2019 1:45pm
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