The Ottumwa Courier


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

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