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New organization to help sync future disaster-recovery efforts

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- The Linn Area Long-Term Recovery Coalition (LALTRC) officially ends Thursday with the establishment of the Linn Area Community Organizations Active in Disaster (LACOAD).

The new LACOAD will act as an umbrella organization to help synchronize the work of more than 30 local health and human service providers, government agencies, funding sources, faith-based organizations, and other non-profit groups.

The changes take place Thursday, August 12, at 8 a.m. during the first official meeting of the LACOAD at the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP) building, 1515 Hawkeye Drive, Hiawatha.

The public, legislators and governmental leaders are invited to attend to recognize the accomplishments of the coalition and mark the establishment of the new organization. During the event, information will be available on LALTRC accomplishments, definitions of a COAD, goals of the new LACOAD, and member organizations.

"Work on rebuilding and recovering from the 2008 floods is winding down for the LALTRC, formed in June of 2008 to assist in recovery," explained Leslie Wright, Vice President of Community Building for United Way of East Central Iowa, one of the member organizations of both LALTRC and the new LACOAD. "Families and individuals with 2008 recovery cases still active, as well as 2008-related building projects, will be transitioned from the LALTRC to other organizations."

During the life of the LALTRC, the coalition has worked on needs assessment, support for flood-affected families, mental health supports, assistance to older adults, community service and volunteerism, rebuilding and much more.  

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt


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