Grant Wood AEA
Flood Recovery Update
Thursday, July 3, 2008
It’s Only Been Three Weeks Since the Flood
Lisa Fry addressed the staff and noted that today marks three weeks since the Cedar River reached it’s highest flood level. “It’s amazing to see the amount of recovery work that you’ve accomplished in just three weeks,” she said. She thanked the group for their diligence and perseverance in restoring the agency’s various services, noting that the print shop is back in operation, data processing is handling business as usual, the teacher work center and staff distribution centers will soon be functioning again.
FEMA Will Fund Recovery
Barb Harms told the group she met with FEMA officials today. Since we are a public agency, FEMA will underwrite 90 percent of the flood cleanup costs and the state will cover the other ten percent. In addition, FEMA will pay for up to 75 percent of the restoration costs. “Documentation will be the key,” she said. “We will have to document all of our expenses related to the cleanup, including overtime costs, materials we used, etc.”
Cliff Ehlinger announced the Sixth Street Facility will be closed to all personnel except for data processing during the Fourth of July weekend. Cleanup work will continue next week with a smaller Service Master team. The current focus is on cleaning the air inside the building. “By the time we get done with the cleaning we have planned,” said Ehlinger, “the building will be cleaner than it was before the flood.”
Ehlinger also noted that FEMA may be willing to help the agency replace its current doors with flood doors that seal out water and keep it from entering the building. “Most of the floodwater came in through our doors,” he explained. “With new flood prevention doors, that shouldn’t happen.”
Volunteer Help Still Needed
Volunteers are still needed to assist with cleanup for employees who have been affected by the flood. Thank you to all who have so graciously contributed to these efforts. Interested volunteers should call 929-7538.