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Dubuque flood relief fund more important than ever

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A crucial and new source of disaster relief dollars for flood victims in the tri-states area will be taking donations Friday in full-force.

The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque is teaming up with the Mystique and Diamond Jo casinos to offer a $100,000 matching grant program. That's part of the new 2011 Recovery Fund to help victims of the storm that hit the area in late July.

When it comes to obtaining federal individual (homeowner) assistance from FEMA, Dubuque County emergency management coordinator Tom Berger said the future looks bleak. FEMA officials, upon surveying the area during their preliminary damage assessment, told him their general criteria for issuing individual assistance is approximately 250 houses that were either heavily damaged or completely destroyed by the disaster. Berger said that due to the concentration of the storm, only 35 homes fit that description.

Dubuque street and sewer maintenance supervisor John Klostermann said Governor Branstad has already passed on the request for public assistance (infrastructure, parks, etc.) to President Obama. All Dubuque County needs for a public disaster declaration is his signature.

Berger said if Branstad doesn't pass on the individual FEMA request to the president, the dollars raised locally may be area flood victims' only hope for financial relief.

Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque CEO and president Nancy Van Milligen said people in the area will have all kinds of opportunities to donate on Friday.

"They'll be able to walk into any financial institution in town, which says so much about our community: all of our banks and credit unions have stepped up," she said, "and there will be bell-ringers with Salvation buckets all over at many different retails establishments."

Additionally, people will also be able to pledge a contribution via the Radio-a-thons on any of the Radio Dubuque stations.

Texting HERO to 27722 will donate $10 to help support victims of the storm. Standard texting rates apply.

People can also write a check to the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and mail it to the below address or visit the Website and donate there.

Dubuque Building, Suite 195

700 Locust Street

Dubuque, Iowa 52001

The money will be distributed through Project Concern, so anybody in need of disaster relief can call the organization's number at 2-1-1 or stop by. The address is:

1789 Elm St # B

Dubuque, IA 52001-2256

The money distributed through Project Concern is for anybody affected by the storm, whether in Dubuque County; Jo Daviess County, Ill. or Grant County, Wis.

Donations in person Friday can be made at in person at: Eagle Country Market; Fareway Foods; any HyVee location; Hobby Lobby; Kennedy Mall; any Kwik Stop location; Sam's Club; or Theisen's Home-Farm-Auto.

Several financial institutions are also accepting donations, including: Alliant Credit Union; American Trust & Savings Bank; Dubuque Bank & Trust; Dupaco Community Credit Union; DuTrac Community Credit Union; East Dubuque Savings Bank; Fidelity Bank & Trust; Health Services Credit Union; Liberty Bank; Premier Bank; Liberty Bank; and U.S. Bank.

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