PROCLAMATION OF DISASTER EMERGENCY

 

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2019, and continuing, widespread flooding and flash flooding events began to impact the state of Iowa due to rapid snow melt combined with heavy rains, the result of which is causing dangerous flood conditions across much of the state; and


WHEREAS, on March 14, 2019, a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency was issued statewide activating the disaster response and recovery aspects of the Iowa Emergency Response Plan and those additional response plans applicable to counties affected by the disaster, and temporarily suspending certain regulatory provisions of Iowa Code; and


WHEREAS, on March 22, 2019, a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency was issued temporarily suspending certain regulatory provisions statewide related to the transportation and delivery of goods and services while responding to disaster sites; and


WHEREAS, on March 25, 2019, a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency was issued amending and expanding the temporary suspensions to certain regulatory provisions statewide related to the transportation and delivery of goods and services while responding to disaster sites; and


WHEREAS, on April 12, 2019, a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency was issued extending all previous proclamations of disaster emergency signed between March 14 through March 25, 2019 and also temporarily suspended certain regulatory provisions of Iowa Code relating to length of stay and fee requirements at certain state parks; and


WHEREAS, on May 10, 2019, a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency was issued extending all previous proclamations of disaster emergency signed between March 14 through April 12, 2019; and


WHEREAS, on June 10, 2019, a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency was issued extending the temporary suspension of certain regulatory provisions of Iowa Code enacted through previous proclamations of disaster emergency signed between March 14 through April 12, 2019; and


WHEREAS, on July 9, 2019, a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency was issued extending the temporary suspension of certain regulatory provisions of Iowa Code enacted through previous proclamations of disaster emergency signed between March 14 through April 12, 2019; and


WHEREAS, on August 8, 2019, a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency was issued extending the temporary suspension of certain regulatory provisions of Iowa Code enacted through previous proclamations of disaster emergency signed between March 14 through April 12, 2019; and


WHEREAS, surveys and reports forwarded by local officials in Fremont County indicate there is an ongoing need for state assistance to respond to and recover from the effects of this event; and


WHEREAS, the aforementioned Proclamations of Disaster Emergency continue to be needed to provide ongoing support to those impacted by this event; and


WHEREAS, these conditions threaten the public peace, health, and safety of citizens of the State of Iowa. Because of this, they provide legal justification for the issuance of a Proclamation of a State of Disaster Emergency pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6 (1).

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, KIMBERLY K. REYNOLDS, Governor of the State of Iowa, by the power and authority vested in me by the Iowa Constitution Art. IV, §§ 1, 8 and Iowa Code § 29C.6 (1), and all other applicable laws, do hereby proclaim a State of Disaster Emergency to be extended in Fremont County and do hereby ORDER and DIRECT the following:

SECTION ONE. As required by Iowa Code § 29C.6 (1), (10) and 42 U.S.C. § 5170 in cases of Presidential Disaster Declarations, this Proclamation of Disaster Emergency activates the disaster response and recovery aspects of the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s Iowa Emergency Response Plan and those additional response plans applicable to the county affected by this disaster and authorizes the use and deployment of all available state resources, supplies, equipment, and materials as are reasonably necessary to assist those citizens located in the disaster affected county.

 

SECTION TWO. I temporarily suspend the following Iowa Department of Natural Resources length-of-stay and fee requirements at Waubonsie State Park located in Fremont County for those residents of Iowa and adjoining states who have been displaced from their homes by this disaster:

A.  The provisions of Iowa Code § 461A.49 limiting an individual's ability to camp in a state park or preserve to no more than fourteen consecutive nights in all state parks, preserves, and state forest campgrounds managed by the state of Iowa.

 

B.  The provisions of 571 Iowa Admin. Code 61.4 (5), limiting an individual's ability to camp in a state park or preserve to no more than fourteen consecutive nights with a minimum of three nights separating each two-week stay in all state parks or preserves managed by the state of Iowa.

 

C.  The provisions of 571 Iowa Admin. Code 61.3 (4), 61.4 (1), 62.4 and 62.5 (2), relating to camping and related transactions fees for state parks, preserves and forests managed by the state of Iowa.

 

D.  The provisions of 571 Iowa Admin. Code 61.3(2) (b) (2) and 62.4(2) (b), relating to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources establishing minimal numbers of campground sites that must be made available through the online reservation system.

 

E.   The provisions of 571 Iowa Admin. Code 61.3 and 62.4, relating to the methods persons may make reservations for state parks, preserves and forest campgrounds. Pursuant to this suspension, persons displaced by this disaster may make reservations only by telephone or in person to be eligible for any fee waivers provided by this section.

 

Iowa Code § 29C.6 (6).

SECTION THREE. This state of disaster emergency shall be effective on September 8, 2019, shall continue for thirty (30) days, and shall expire on October 8, 2019, unless sooner terminated or extended in writing by me. Iowa Code § 29C.6 (1). 


IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I HAVE HEREUNTO SUBSCRIBED MY NAME AND CAUSED THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF IOWA

TO BE AFFIXED AT DES MOINES, IOWA THIS SIXTH DAY OF SEPTEMBER IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD TWO THOUSAND NINETEEN.

 


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KIMBERLY K. REYNOLDS
GOVERNOR OF IOWA

 

ATTEST:


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PAUL D. PATE
SECRETARY OF STATE

 

 

Link to PDF of September 6, 2019, proclamation.