Recovery efforts continue for flood impacted homes and businesses. With great help from a generous group of volunteers all the sandbags have been removed from homes and businesses in Vinton. Therefore, the Saturday, October 8th sandbag removal day has been cancelled.

The Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition is working with various organizations to respond to the disaster, including assisting families that have been impacted and coordinating with agencies on cleanup and recovery efforts. Locally, the Salvation Army and Red Cross have been providing clean up kits and information for the flood. A canopy has been set up in the Vinton Municipal Parking Lot located at 3rd Ave and East 4th Street in Vinton. Families who need help with cleanup are asked to check in there.

Any new updates or reminders for Saturday’s cleanup will be placed on the Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition’s Facebook page and local news media.

In addition, November 7th is the deadline for families impacted by the flood to apply to the Iowa Individual Assistance Program, by contacting Phone: 319-739-1521 or www.hacap.org. Families who meet income guidelines may be eligible for assistance. Families are asked to also apply with the Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition by contacting Sherry Adam, Case Manager for Coalition at phone: 319-241-5121. The Coalition continues to assist families impacted by the summer tornado and is now also assisting families impacted by the flood. There are not income guidelines for the Coalition, but need must be demonstrated.

Individuals who are stressed and need someone to talk to can call the Abbe Center for Community Health at 319-472-5226 or the Iowa Helpline at 1-855-800-1239 (talk/text) or iowacrisischat.org (chat).

The Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition is a 501(c) (3) organization formed after the flood of 2008 to assist families impacted by multi-dwelling disasters. It is Benton County’s long term disaster recovery organization to assist families in the county who have been impacted by disasters and have unmet needs after all other sources of funds have been exhausted. The organization works directly with Benton County Emergency Management. It operates solely on grants and private donations.

Anyone who would like to make monetary donations to the Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition to assist in local flood recovery efforts for families can mail donations to: P.O. Box 125, Vinton, IA 52349. Questions about donations can be directed to Teresa Floyd, 319-443-3570. All funds are used in Benton County.