Iowa Flood Funding Tracker

Welcome to the Iowa Flood Funding Tracker: the clearinghouse for all information on how federal disaster relief funds are being spent to help Iowa recover from 2019 flooding.

"I've heard from Iowans across my district that they were having trouble navigating the recovery process with federal agencies, and that money was not getting where it was needed.

That's why I demanded that eight different federal agencies tell us exactly how much money they were spending to help Iowa rebuild and strengthen itself against further disaster."

- Rep. Cindy Axne

If you have been impacted by the flood and need assistance with a federal agency, please fill out this form.

For more information on emergency resources, click here.


Total Funding for Iowa

Total federal disaster recovery dollars spent in Iowa: $663.99 million

Revised December 22, 2021


U.S. Department of Agriculture

Update letter received on December 18, 2019

Find the letter HERE.

$1,000,000 - January 15, 2021 USDA RD Grant to help with the payment of costs incurred for repairs made to the city's existing wells and water treatment plant.

Dollars spent in Iowa: $409.78 million


U.S. Department of Commerce

Update letter received on December 9, 2019

Find the letter HERE.

August 12 – $8,485,749 from the Economic Development Administration to improve the levee system in Council Bluffs

October 7 - $7,900,000 from the Economic Development Adminitration to improve the levee system in Hamburg

Dollars spent in Iowa: $22.9 million


Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Update letter received on November 26, 2019

Find the letter HERE.

Dollars spent in Iowa: $1.175 million


U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Update letter received on November 15, 2019

Find the letter HERE.

Dollars spent in Iowa: $33 million


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

First letter received on January 14, 2020; find the letter HERE.

Followup letter received October 28, 2020; find that letter HERE.

  • New grant for Pacific Junction announced April 24, 2020: $10,784,250
  • New grant for rural Fremont County announced on May 26, 2020: $2,716,691
  • Grant to reimburse state costs (Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management) on June 17, 2020: $1,485,306.72
  • Grant to fund sewer pipes repair after last year's flooding resulted in failure of sanitary sewers in multiple locations (July 1, 2020): $1,436,576.49
  • August 5 grant for addition property buyouts in Fremont County: $1,355,388
  • August 19 grant for debris removal in Mills County: $1,190,804.44
  • October 10 grant to reimburse costs of demolition of 5 commercial properties in Hamburg: $1,115,250
  • November 19 grant to restore seven buildings in Hamburg damaged by flood: $4,894,006
  • March 18, 2021 grant to acquire 8 residential within the unincorporated area of Pottawattamie County spanning from the Missouri River to the Loess Hills: $1,649,550
  • June 16, 2021 grant for repairs to the the Mule Slough Drainage District: $1,405,425.16
  • June 16, 2021 grant to the Farmer's Drainage District: $1,184,925.74

Total reported FEMA spending in Iowa: $114,133,900.90

U.S. Department of Transportation

Update letter received in April 17, 2020.

Find the letter HERE.

From letter: On April 15, 2019, DOT announced the “quick release” of $9 million of ER funds to help pay for the repairs done to restore essential traffic and prevent additional damage at locations impacted by severe flooding. 

2.28.20 Federal Highway Administration Emergency Relief Program grant: $30.3 million

12.22.21 Federal Highway Administration Emergency Relief Program grant: $25,022,473.00

Iowa Department of Transportation grants: $13,978,130

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Grants: $513,039

US DOT has not yet provided a full list of grants approved in Iowa.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Updated response provided January 7, 2021 can be found here.

Find original response here.


Total: over $4,000,000


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Find the response here.