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Polk County 2018 Flood Assistance Program Information for Ankeny Residents

Polk County’s 2018 Flood Assistance Program has been implemented to assist low to moderate income residents of single-family owner occupied homes to replace or repair water heaters, furnaces and electrical panels from damage caused by floodwater.

Ankeny homeowners who fall below 80% of the median income level for Polk County and who have had flood damage will qualify for up to $6,000 to replace their water heater, furnace and electrical panels. The cost for furnace will be capped at $2,750, hot water heater at $1,750 and electrical panel at $1,500 – in aggregate not to exceed $6,000.

Reimbursement will be available for homeowners who meet the income guidelines that already have replaced these items – paid invoices will be required.

Owner occupied mobile homes will be eligible for up to $750 for water heaters, furnaces and electrical panels.

Rental, multi-family and commercial properties are not eligible for this program.

The program will be jointly administered by the Polk County Public Works Department and the City of Ankeny.

Applications and additional information are available at https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/supervisors/public-information/flood-2018/

To submit an application or ask questions about the program or help in completing your application please call 515-963-3550 or email ankenyfloodhelp@ankenyiowa.gov

The completed application must be submitted to ankenyfloodhelp@ankenyiowa.gov for review.  

For more information on the Polk County Flood Assistance Program visit  https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/supervisors/public-information/flood-2018/

Permit Fees Waived

On Monday, July 16, the Ankeny City Council passed a resolution to waive permits fees to residents affected by the flood. Details include: 

Section 1. Fees Waived

A. The permit fees imposed pursuant to City of Ankeny Resolution 2018-126 for building, demolition, electrical, mechanical and plumbing are hereby waived and shall not be collected for activities undertaken to repair and renovate structures and improvements damaged by flooding.

B. The rental fees imposed pursuant to City of Ankeny Resolution 2018-127 in accordance with City of Ankeny Ordinance 1942 are hereby waived for inspections prompted by complaints of damage from flooding.

C. The waiver of fees provided for by this resolution shall apply only to activities undertaken to repair and renovate structures and improvements damaged by flooding that has occurred during the months of June and July, 2018. The Director of Planning and Building may require the party requesting the waiver of fees pursuant to this resolution, provide such information as may be necessary to verify the activities being undertaken by the party qualify for the waiver of fees.

Section 2. Duration of Waiver

The waiver of fees shall permit applications and inspections applied for and requested between July 2, 2018 and November 2, 2018, both dates inclusive.

For more information, contact the Planning and Building Department at 515-963-3550. 

Flood Recovery Services and Resources

Community partners from the follow organization can provide resources and assistance for individuals impacted by the floods:

Polk County Health Department – medical assessment, help with medications and tetanus vaccines

Polk County Health Services – mental health services and resources

Polk County Public Works – pumps to assist cleaning out basements

Polk County General Assistance – financial assistance

United Way – volunteer coordination

Red Cross – clean up kits, case management and food assistance

MidAmerican Energy – help with gas and electric in homes

IMPACT – provide referrals to resources and case management

Salvation Army – flood recovery kits