A disaster proclamation has been issued by the State of Iowa for Scott, Muscatine and Clinton Counties and the State of Illinois for Rock Island and Mercer Counties. Scott County has been added to the Presidential Disaster Declaration granted March 23, 2019, for severe storms and flooding.
The Quad Cities Chamber is a bi-state organization committed to helping our entire region thrive. As flooding is impacting both sides of the river and have assembled a list of resources available in the community.
We are blown away by the outpouring of help and support from Quad Citizens. If you are looking for flood resources and assistance, please take a look at the list below.
If you can't find the information you're looking for, please call us at 563-322-1706.
Flood Assistance Center for Businesses
Businesses that have been affected by flooding (either directly or indirectly) are encouraged to visit the one-stop flood assistance centers to get their questions answered. The Quad Cities Chamber, FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration, Scott County Emergency Management Agency, Illinois Emergency Management Agency and other resource agencies will be on-site to offer business assistance:
Rock Island County
Wednesday, May 22
11 – 3 p.m.
Carbon Cliff Village Hall
1001 Mansur Ave, Carbon Cliff
Thursday, May 23
12 – 4 p.m.
The Salvation Army
320 W Kimberly Road, Davenport (at NorthPark Mall, next to Olive Garden)
SBA Business Recovery Center
If your business has been impacted by the flood either directly or indirectly (i.e. reduced traffic to your business due to flooding), you may qualify for business assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
The SBA Business Recovery Center in Davenport opened on May 16 to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by flooding.
Small Business Development Center business counselors at the center will provide business assistance to clients on a wide variety of matters designed to help small business owners re-establish their operations, overcome the effects of the disaster and plan for their future.
- Assessing business economic injury
- Evaluating the business’s strength
- Cash flow projections
- Review of options with the business owner to help them evaluate their alternatives and make decisions that are appropriate for their situation
According to Iowa SBDC State Director Lisa Shimkat, businesses of any size and private, nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. These loans cover losses that are not fully covered by insurance or other recoveries.
For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.
The deadline to apply for property damage is July 1, 2019. The deadline to apply for economic injury is Dec. 23, 2019.
Joel Youngs with the Small Business Development Center can talk through the positives and negatives of accepting SBA disaster assistance. He can also discuss alternative options as well as any other questions regarding your business. His email is email@example.com or you can call him at 563-336-3401.
For more information contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Recovery Center at (800) 659-2955 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the Scott County SBA Business Recovery Center located at Eastern Iowa Community College - 101 W. Third St. in Davenport.
Mondays – Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fridays 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
*No appointment necessary – walk-ins welcome
FEMA Disaster Assistance
The federal government declared Scott County, Iowa a federal disaster area. As such, businesses and residents impacted should now register for FEMA disaster assistance by calling 1-800-621-3362 or visiting disasterassistance.gov
Be prepared with the following:
- Your address with zip code
- Directions to your property
- Condition of your damaged home
- Insurance information, if available
- Social securing number
- Phone number where you can be contacted
- Address where you can get mail
Businesses are advised to take the following steps :
- Contact your insurance agent or company promptly to report your loss.
- File a notice of loss with your insurer.
- Separate the damaged from the undamaged property when safe to do so.
- Make a list of damaged personal property.
- List areas of potential structure damage.
- Document and keep track of all receipts you are incurring.
- Take photos of any damage including damaged items.
The State of Iowa offers resources for disaster recovery. For more info visit www.iowa.gov/disaster-recovery-resources
Flood Donation Centers:
Beginning June 3rd the Flood Donations Center is transitioning to Quad Cities Area Salvation Army Corps Community Centers.
The Flood Donation Centers are for Rock Island County & Scott County Residents who live within the flood inundation area, and/or residents that have been identified by FEMA & the Red Cross as being affected by the flood.
- Please bring proof of address and/or FEMA/Red Cross information noting your residence has been affected by the flooding event. - The Donation Centers will have water, non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies and clean-up kits available. A supply of DampRid moisture removal containers are available for distribution to members. - Each location will also be accepting donations for those affected by the flooding event. - Items will be available for the duration of the recovery: Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 9 AM – 5 PM
In Illinois The Salvation Army Heritage Temple Corps 2200 5th Ave. Moline, IL 61265-1413 309-764-6996
In Iowa The Salvation Army Davenport Corps 3400 W. Central Park Ave. Davenport, IA 52804-2752 563-391-5325
For additional details and questions call Bill Horrell, Salvation Army Development Director at 309-566-0350.
Free Legal Services
Iowa Legal Aid has a new project providing free legal services for low-income business owners, the Community Economic Development Project (CED). CED can help people start a business, or if the business already exists, can help with legal matters related to the business. Examples of things we can help with include: drafting contracts, reviewing and negotiating contracts and leases, entity selection, entity formation, tax compliance, answering specific legal questions and giving advice on a variety of business-related matters. In some cases, we can help nonprofit organizations, too.
Clients must meet eligibility requirements, including income restrictions and other considerations.
Another goal of the project is to do Community Legal Education presentations for the public. Iowa Legal Aid can present on general business law topics or a specific matter, depending on group preference.
There are three ways to apply for Iowa Legal Aid Services:
1. Walk in to any of our 10 offices- open Monday through Friday 8:30-4:30pm (not Thursday afternoons). Bring in paperwork with you about your business.
2. Call us 1-800-532-1275, Monday- Friday 9-11 or 1:30-3:30 (except not Thursday afternoons).
3. Apply Online- Do not apply online if you have deadlines.
For issues or questions, please contact Samantha Wagner, Staff Attorney for the CED Project, at email@example.com
IRS announces tax relief for Iowa victims of severe storms and flooding
The President has declared that a major disaster occurred in the State of Iowa. Following the recent disaster declaration for individual assistance issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the IRS announced today that affected taxpayers in certain areas will receive tax relief.
Individuals who reside or have a business in Fremont, Harrison, Louisa, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie, Scott, Shelby, and Woodbury counties may qualify for tax relief.
The declaration permits the IRS to postpone certain deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster area. For instance, certain deadlines falling on or after March 12, 2019 and before July 31, 2019, are granted additional time to file through July 31, 2019. This includes 2018 individual income tax returns and payments normally due on April 15, 2019. It also includes the quarterly estimated income tax payments due on April 15, 2019 and June 17, 2019. Eligible taxpayers will also have until July 31, 2019 to make 2018 IRA contributions.
Click here for more info.
City of Davenport Property Tax Protest Period Extended
The Davenport City Assessor has announced that due to the federal disaster declaration, Davenport property owners that feel their January 1, 2019 assessment was incorrect, but had missed the assessment protest filing timeframe from April 2 to April 30 due to effects of this disaster, can protest their property’s assessment now through the end of business day on June 5.
Please know that the law does not authorize the Board of Review to make adjustments to property assessments affected by flooding which happened throughout April and May. The Board evaluates assessment and current condition and quality of the property as it was on January 1, 2019. See the attached announcement for additional information.
If you have questions regarding this announcement, please contact the City Assessor at 563-326-8659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of Davenport Guidance for Businesses:
The City of Davenport is providing guidance to businesses and residents affected by recent Mississippi River flooding.
The guidance (available here) ranges from documenting damages and costs to what needs to be inspected and by whom to return home or reopen a business.
City staff also provided information on sandbag disposal and permit waivers.
For sandbag pick-up call (563) 326-7923 or place a request online at https://yourgov.cartegraph.com. Sandbags must be placed in a pile in the curb line and not obstruct traffic. We will not pick up sandbags we have not received a request for.
For flood property debris removal, coordinate with a private hauler. Know that whether the city or the hauler picks up the material, there are waste separation guidelines for flood debris. Guidance on how to properly dispose of debris was also offered.
For public safety, and to get properties impacted by recent flooding re-occupied or re-opened, the City of Davenport has submitted a resolution to Davenport City Council to waive all necessary and applicable City permit fees for flood recovery and building restoration activities. The waiver of fees shall be contingent upon the completion of a damage assessment by City of Davenport staff or their designee.
The City and Scott County also shared a pair of links to website. The first is 2019 flood resources. The second is an update on a donations center that opens Friday May 10.
If you or your business needs assistance OR you want to volunteer, please contact the Scott County Emergency Management Agency at 563-484-3086. The call center will be staffed between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m, until further notice.
Health Safety tips:
Iowa Department of Public Health is a great resource with a list of health and environmental precautions and recommendations associated with floods. Click here for more info.
Scott County Emergency Management Agency will assemble a multi-agency resource center in the future to offer assistance to businesses. As details unfold, we will keep businesses informed.
For more info visit: https://www.scottcountyiowa.com/ema
Genesis Convenient Care Locations Offer Free Tetanus Vaccinations For Flood Recovery Workers
Genesis Convenient Care locations in Davenport, Bettendorf and Moline will temporarily offer free tetanus vaccinations for adults involved in flood relief efforts.
Individuals at higher risk for wounds by working in flood water can receive the free vaccinations at:
- Genesis Convenient Care, 3200 West Kimberly Road, Davenport
- Genesis Convenient Care, 2140 53rd Ave., Bettendorf
- Genesis Convenient Care, 3900 28th Ave., Moline.
In addition to vaccines, Genesis is also raising money and recruiting volunteers to assist those impacted. Click here to learn more about the Genesis Flood Relief Fund.
If you are unable to work due to the flood, you may be eligible to file for unemployment. For Unemployment Benefits, help can be found through Iowa Workforce Development. They are located at 902 West Kimberly Road in the Village Shopping Center. To file bring your direct deposit information and a valid ID.
For more information: https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/
United Way resource hotline:
Get connected to the services you need right here in the Quad Cities.
Dial 2-1-1 if you are looking for help with childcare, food, rent, utility assistance, or if you have any other health and human service need. All calls are confidential.
In the last year, our representatives have fielded over 10,000 calls and connected people to a wide variety of programs including help with child care, unemployment, care for an aging parent, or a haven from domestic violence.
Our representatives are trained information and referral professionals who can answer your questions and will direct you to the best resources in the Quad Cities.
Hours are Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Reach them by email at email@example.com, or dial 2-1-1 or 563.355.9900.
Flood Fest - A benefit concert to help downtown Davenport recovery efforts
The RiverCenter, in collaboration with the Downtown Davenport Partnership, Moeller Nights, the River Music Experience and Rexroat Sound RS, LLC, invites community members to save the date for a flood relief benefit concert, “Flood Fest,” to be held Friday, June 7, at the River Center in Davenport. All proceeds from the concert will support downtown Davenport recovery efforts.
Proceeds from the concert will be shared with Grow Quad Cities – Iowa, a 501(c)3 whose mission is to improve the general economic well-being of the Scott County area and the greater Iowa Quad Cities area. Donations are tax deductible per IRS guidelines.
Grow Quad Cities – Iowa also will serve as a fund for community members wishing to donate to help with flood recovery efforts. Downtown Davenport Partnership, a non-profit organization focused on the strategic growth and beautification of historic downtown Davenport, will help determine fund distribution to those businesses in need.
Those unable to attend the concert or wishing to donate further may do so by mailing a check to:
Grow Quad Cities Fund – Iowa 331 W. 3rd Street, Suite 100 Davenport, IA 52801
Ticket information and musical guests will be announced soon as details are confirmed. For more information, visit www.downtowndavenport.com.
Community Foundation - Fund opened for long-term flood recovery efforts
The Quad Cities Community Foundation made available the opportunity to donate to the Quad Cities Disaster Recovery Fund to support nonprofit organizations meeting the needs of Quad Citizens impacted by the levee breach and flooding that has hit the area.
In coordination with needs identified by the Long Term Recovery Committee of the Quad Cities COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disasters), the Community Foundation will make grants to nonprofits so that they have the resources they need to meet the needs of our most vulnerable populations impacted in the months ahead.
By making an online donation now to the fund at the Community Foundation, you can ensure our area nonprofits on the ground have the financial resources they need to support our community’s recovery for the long haul, and if disasters like the flood strike again.
The National Flood Insurance Program:
The National Flood Insurance Program aims to reduce the impact of flooding on private and public structures. It does so by providing affordable insurance to property owners, renters and businesses and by encouraging communities to adopt and enforce floodplain management regulations. These efforts help mitigate the effects of flooding on new and improved structures. Overall, the program reduces the socio-economic impact of disasters by promoting the purchase and retention of general risk insurance, but also of flood insurance, specifically.
For more information: https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program
Businesses helping businesses:
The following companies have offered assistance to businesses displaced by the flood at a free or significantly reduced rate.
Office space/conference rooms:
Analog Arcade Bar (free board room rental all summer) - email firstname.lastname@example.org
Coworkqc* - 563-349-5004
Hawkeye Commercial Group* - 563-344-4295
One River Place - 630-624-4218
Regus* - 563-293-7700
RIA Federal Credit Union* - (free Community Room with A/V equipment that seats up to 80) 563-355-3800
Ruhl Commercial* - 563-355-4000
Dohrn Transfer - will supply storage trailers and temporary warehouse space to flood affected businesses needing the space. Call 888-364-7621
Total Solutions* - 309-946-3100
Winsor Group* - 563-362-5464
TapOnIt* - 563-888-1277
C & W Trucking, Inc.* - willing to donate a driver in one of their semis and a flatbed or step deck trailer to local flood relief. Call (309) 423-3888.
Pro Source Wholesale Flooring of the Quad Cities - working with major vendors and manufacturers to provide flooring products for businesses and homes affected by the floods. They will have several carpet, vinyl tile and planking options, and tile that will be available at special pricing, below wholesale. Their intent is to have these products available within 3 business days, so our community can rebuild reasonably and quickly. If you need installers for the product, they will refer you to qualified people, who you can work hire directly.
For more information call 563-736-0527 or visit their stores:
Flooring America of Davenport - 5346 Belle Ave
Flooring America Moline - 4004 38th Ave
Paragon Commercial Interiors* - Paragon Interiors will be providing temporary employment needs for displaced downtown workers. They are looking for temp crews to help unload trucks and install furniture for their projects. Employees must be reliable, personable, able to take direction and work well with others. It can be strenuous, some of the furniture is heavy. For inquiries call: 563-529-4043.
*denotes Chamber member business
How to support businesses during this challenging time:
It’s important that Quad Citizens and visitors continue to patronize our downtowns. Showing your support for independent local businesses will help them get through this rough spring season after a harsh winter. Your dollars make an impact locally!
Downtown Davenport Partnership has provided an up to date list of businesses that remain open. Click here to view.
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The entities above have reached out to us to help get the word out about assistance being offered. If you have a resource that you would like to share, please email us at email@example.com