Last month, in response to historic Missouri River flooding in Southwest Iowa, three county affiliates of the Omaha Community Foundation (OCF) launched flood relief funds to provide relief support to flood victims within each county.
The funds—the Fremont County Flood Fund, Harrison County Flood Fund, and Mills County Flood Fund—are all administered by a third-party organization within the community; fund administration will be handled by the county health department in Mills and Fremont Counties and general relief in Harrison County. Those wishing to request grants from the Mills County Flood Fund can apply here.
Mills and Fremont County both had more than 400 families displaced from the floods, including residents in the towns of Pacific Junction, Hamburg, and Bartlett. In Harrison County, Missouri Valley saw the largest impact from flood waters; and nearly 100 families from the entire county were either displaced or experienced damage to their homes or property.
Donations to all three funds can be made via online donation on the Omaha Community Foundation website here by selecting Southwest Iowa Funds, and then choosing the appropriate flood fund from the dropdown list; individuals wishing to donate can also write a check payable to the individual fund and mail the check to OCF at 3555 Farnam Street, Suite 222, Omaha, NE 68131.
For additional information on the three county flood relief funds, please contact Stacey Goodman, Iowa Foundations Director, at 800-794-3458 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about flood response efforts in Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa and how you can help, visit our blog post here.