August 10th Storm Information

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Widespread, destructive straight line winds blew across central Iowa during the day on August 10, 2020. The highest official wind gusts measured was 99 mph at the Marshalltown Airport with an unofficial wind gust of 106 mph at Le Grand (east of Marshalltown). The strongest winds were between the Highway 30 and Interstate 80 corridor (including, but not limited to the Des Moines metro, Ames, Newton, Marshalltown, Tama/Toledo, Carroll) from central Iowa eastward into east central Iowa and northern Illinois.

Below is information on local resources, state resources, clean-up information, and volunteer information.

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Storm Debris Cleanup Information

Starting on September 14, the City of Newton’s Public Works crews will be doing a second pass throughout the city to pick up any additional tree debris that residents may have. 

Tree debris should be no longer than 6 feet in length. Crews will be using large equipment to pull piles of tree debris into streets, loading into trucks and taking to the Newton Sanitary Landfill. 

Keep the piles clear of mailboxes, water valves, manholes and fire hydrants. When the crews pull the piles off the curb, they do not want to damage these items. 

Do not park on your street from Monday, September 14 thought Friday, September 18. If a pile of debris is blocked by a parked vehicle, it may not be picked up. Keeping vehicles off the street will make it easier for the crews to work

If your pile of tree debris contains any other debris and/or garbage - it WILL NOT be picked up. Do not include fencing, furniture, playground equipment, appliances, grills, etc. in with the tree debris.

The Newton Sanitary Landfill is not charging City of Newton residents for tree debris drop off at the Landfill. The City of Newton is covering the tree disposal fee for Newton residents who drop their own tree debris off at the Newton Sanitary Landfill through September 30.

Questions? Please call the City of Newton Public Works office at 641-792-6622.


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Federal Resources

Jasper County has been approved for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual Assistance Program.

Individuals and business owners in Jasper County may now apply for the FEMA Individual Assistance Program. FEMA Individual Assistance can provide disaster-affected homeowners, renters, and businesses with programs and services to maximize recovery, including assistance with housing, personal property replacement, and medical expenses. 

Residents of Newton may apply online for the Individual Assistance Program at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. TTY users can call 800-462-7585 from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Have the following available:

  • Address and zip code
  • Condition of damaged home
  • Insurance information
  • Social security number
  • Phone number where you can be contacted
  • Mailing or email address

If needed, a copy of the City of Newton Mayoral Proclamation State of Emergency Declaration, dated August 10, can be found here.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program is no longer available in counties where the FEMA Individual Assistance Program has been made available. Visit the Iowa Department of Human Services website at https://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs for more information.

State Resources

Governor Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation for Jasper County in response to a severe weather system that moved across Iowa and caused widespread damage August 10. The proclamation activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program. Visit the Iowa Disaster Recovery website for resources, updates, and how to donate and volunteer. https://disasterrecovery.iowa.gov/

The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program is no longer available in counties where the FEMA Individual Assistance Program has been made available. Visit the Iowa Department of Human Services website at https://dhs.iowa.gov/disaster-assistance-programs for more information.

Disaster Case Management is a program to address serious needs to overcome a disaster-related hardship, injury or adverse condition. Disaster case managers work with clients to create a disaster recovery plan and provide guidance, advice and referral to obtain a service or resource. There are no income eligibility requirements for this program; it closes 180 days from the date of the governor's proclamation. For information on the Disaster Case Management Program, visit www.iowacommunityaction.org

Local Resources

Resources are available in lots of different ways in Jasper County for those in need. The Jasper County Health Department has put a one-page PDF resource together. Click here to download the document: bit.ly/326ti69

The Newton Public Library has free copies of the Food Replacement Request form and the Individual Disaster Assistance Grant form for those who were affected by the recent storm. The forms may be picked up during the Library's drop-in days (Monday 10-8, Thursday 10-6, Saturday 10-2), or by requesting that the form of your choice be added to your curbside pick-up order. You can also stop by the Jasper County Health Department for printed copies of applications at 116 W 4th St S; Newton, Iowa. Numerous other community partners are willing to share the resource list and print applications for you as well.

Capstone's Connection Center located at 306 N 3rd Ave E, Newton, Iowa. They will be serving lunch daily and assisting with applications if needed. Their website is www.capstonebh.com and they can be reached by phone at (641) 275-3516. They plan to be open 8 a.. - 3 p.m. during the week.

IMPACT Community Action Program can be accessed online at www.impactcap.org  or by phone (641) 792-3008 or by email disaster@impactcap.org. They will assist anyone with State disaster applications.

The Salvation Army's food pantry is open from 10 - 11:45 a.m. and 1 - 3 p.m. for Jasper County residents. They are located at 301 N 2nd E, Newton, Iowa and by phone (641) 792-6131

The American Red Cross is providing some assistance to those whose homes sustained major damage during the derecho. For more information, and to find out if you are eligible, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS and select prompt 4. Major damage is indicated by significant structural damage to a residence that requires extensive repairs, including substantial failure of the roof, walls or foundation. A destroyed residence is one that is a total loss or with damage so extensive that repair is not feasible. Financial assistance will allow people to make their own decisions and prioritize what they need to start recovering. Funds can help families replace clothes or food, offset transportation costs or support other immediate needs. This financial support is in addition to the other services the Red Cross continues to provide, including cleaning supplies, food, health and mental health support, and spiritual care.

Alliant Energy and community partners have teamed up to create the “Project ReConnect” program to fund electrical repairs that will allow power to be restored after the derecho on August 10. As Alliant Energy has restored power to communities following the storm, many customers are unable to receive available power due to extensive damage to their exterior electrical system that is the responsibility of the customer.  Find more information online: https://bit.ly/3jewIL5