Missouri River Floods After Action Report, December 20, 2011

(2011) Missouri River Floods After Action Report, December 20, 2011. Iowa Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management


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In May 2011, very heavy rains combined with above average snowpack caused reservoirs throughout the Upper Missouri River basin to swell. The river carried more water in May and June than it does in an average year. The six Iowa counties bordering the river—Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie and Woodbury—suffered from major flooding which persisted throughout the spring and summer. On June 2, Governor Terry Branstad issued a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency for the six impacted counties. The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) on June 10 to coordinate State, Federal, private sector, and voluntary agency preparedness and response activities in the affected area. The severity and duration of the flooding presented operational challenges for the SEOC and its partner agencies, which were further complicated by severe weather. The flooding forced the SEOC to conduct simultaneous response and recovery operations for an usually long period of time. The Missouri River floods caused major economic losses in Western Iowa. As a result of these economic losses, President Barack Obama issued a Major Disaster Declaration (FEMA-1998-DR) which made six counties eligible for Federal Public Assistance. The disaster declaration was subsequently amended on October 18, making five counties eligible for Federal Individual Assistance.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Floods, Disaster Management, Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Storms
Subjects: State government
Natural Disasters > Flood
Natural Disasters
ID Code: 17693
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 03 Sep 2014 19:19
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2014 19:19
URI: https://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/17693