Disaster Relief Available for Midwest Flood Victims

In recent weeks, extensive flooding has devastated thousands of acres of farmland and displaced over 35,000 people across six Midwestern states. Though the total losses have yet to be assessed, researchers have estimated the agricultural damage at about $2.7 billion in Iowa alone. At least 20 levees have crumbled under the weight of rising flood waters and the National Guard and others are scrambling to prevent further damage by piling tens of thousands of sandbags at the Mississippi River's edge. In future weeks, residents will return home and start to pick up the pieces.


GovBenefits.gov can lead you to hundreds of programs available for farmers and homeowners who are victims of natural disasters. You can find more disaster related programs by clicking Disaster Relief on the Benefits Quick Search on our homepage.


For information on specific assistance programs that may meet your needs, follow these links:
National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
Farm Emergency Loans
Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program
Physical Disaster Loans
Home and Property Disaster Loans
Individual and Family Grants for Disaster Victims

USA.gov has also established a Midwest Flood and Recovery page for flood victims and those who want to help. This page provides links to help victims find friends and family as well as offers health and safety tips and other ways to get assistance.