The floodwaters have receded from the severe storms and flooding beginning March 12 in western Iowa.
However, prolonged effects are still being felt in homes and neighborhoods of Iowans. The repair work, financial burden, prolonged stress and ongoing red tape with agencies and insurance companies can leave feelings of depression, frustration, anger, anxiety and sadness.
There is help and it is free. If a friend, family member, neighbor or you are feeling overwhelmed, call the Iowa Concern 24-hour line at 1-800-447-1985. Iowa Concern staff can connect you with Pro Recovery Iowa services or one of their stress counselors can talk with you any time of the day.
Common disaster reactions may include:
• Feeling tense or nervous, angry or irritable.
• Crying often or easily, feeling hopeless.
• Feeling numb.
• Sleep problems, constantly tired.
• Stomach problems (such as nausea or cramps) and/or not feeling hungry.
It is common for people to experience a wide range of emotional reactions following a disaster.
To help Iowans affected by the event, the Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program funded by FEMA, is operating Project Recovery Iowa.
For more information on the Iowa disaster and a variety of recovery resources, log on to floods2019.iowa.gov or call 2-1-1.