The Ottumwa Courier

Wapello County

June 5, 2013

Flash flood victims not alone



To qualify for assistance under either declaration, a resident's household income must be below 200 percent of the poverty level, which is typically $39,000 annually for a family of three.

Ted Ellis, Ottumwa Housing Authority technician, said the organization has funds in place — at most $10,000 per call — that residents can obtain for rehabilitation for any type of house damage from the floods.

OHA exeuctive director Dan Stroda also said the organization is providing emergency housing for those qualified residents who have been displaced by flash floods.

"Anybody who's been displaced by a natural disaster or needs time out of their home to do mold remediation or issues with foundation repairs, and it's not safe to be home, those are examples of when you can come apply to the housing authority," Stroda said. "But I stress that we are 98 percent occupied, so there might be a short waiting time before we get the appropriate size unit for your family size.

"I realize it's very difficult to do significant construction work to your home while you're trying to continue to live at your home."

— To follow reporter Chelsea Davis on Twitter, head to @ChelseaLeeDavis.

Resources for flash flood victims: -- SIEDA: 226 W. Main St., 641-682-8741 -- Ottumwa Housing Authority: 935 W. Main St., 641-682-8369 -- Southern Prairie Red Cross: 408 E. Main St., 641-682-4571 -- City public works: City Hall Room 304, 105 E. Third St., 641-683-0680 -- Wapello County Emergency Management: Law center, 330 W. Second St., 641-682-1414 -- Ottumwa Fire Department non-emergency line: 641-683-0666 -- Ottumwa Police Department non-emergency line: 641-683-0661

Text Only
Wapello County
  • 0617 OTT Wapello Co Fair color photo -L -M Come one, come all to the Wapello County Fair

    ELDON — The Wapello County Fair is just around the corner, kicking off with entries being welcomed at Wapello Hall and the Iowa Agricultural Hall from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday. On Thursday, entries for competition will be received from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at

    June 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Siegel, Rubel face off in forum OTTUMWA — For Steve Siegel, a political campaign is nothing new. For Tom Rubel, being the candidate is a first. Now they want the same job. Siegel and Rubel are seeking the Democratic nomination for SD 41, the Iowa Senate district which includes Ottu

    May 29, 2014

  • 0530 OTT Oak tatters picture color Oak leaves left in tatters

    OTTUMWA — Trees throughout Iowa have been terrorized by the likes of Emerald Ash Borer and other dangers in the past months and now oak trees throughout Iowa are in a little bit of more trouble because of a disease called oak tatters. Thankfully, tho

    May 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Help fight hunger OTTUMWA — The groups began with a question: How to better help Wapello County residents who don't have enough decent food. Next week, they'll decide if they've found any answers. The food security project, Growing Wapello Together, had small groups m

    May 28, 2014

  • Attempted murder trial set for July KEOSAUQUA — The Van Buren County man accused of attempted murder could head to trial in a remarkably short time. Dimitrious Royal has a trial date of July 15. If that date is when the trial actually begins, it would take place just more than 11 weeks

    May 28, 2014

  • Agency aces assessment OTTUMWA — A local agency had a lot riding on the outcome of an independent review. They nailed it. "The credential we just received was to show we are a quality [organization]," said Bryan Dunn, executive director of Sieda Community Action. "It's som

    May 27, 2014

  • County backs bike rides OTTUMWA — Bike rides in Wapello County just received a personal push of goodwill from Wapello County Board of Supervisors. Tuesday, supervisors signed a resolution of support for three area bike rides to be conducted in June. The rides include the H

    May 27, 2014

  • 0527 OTT EMS week color photo -L -M ORHC celebrates EMS Week OTTUMWA — During National EMS week, May 18-24, Ottumwa Regional Health Center (ORHC) celebrated its staff, the community EMS providers and the importance of being prepared in emergency situations through education. The ambulance service at ORHC, also

    May 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • Moving into the future OTTUMWA — Wapello County Supervisor Greg Kenning joked after the board approved upgrading the county’s servers Tuesday. “You can put away your quills.” Jokes asides, Wapello County will now have more opportunity to maximize its server resources. The

    May 20, 2014

  • 0520 OTT mushroom provided -T -M Hidden treasure

    OTTUMWA — Yes, it's kind of like winning the lottery. A mushroom hunter and her family cheerfully acknowledged that feeling after stopping by the Ottumwa Courier on Monday. In one lucky search, they'd found hundreds of morels totaling 10 pounds. As u

    May 19, 2014 1 Photo

AP National