The Diocese of Des Moines
St. Joseph sees impact of floods of 2010
August 25, 2010
Written By: Trish Radke

Many families who come to St. Joseph Shelter have experienced a number of set-backs and pitfalls making a big disaster, like a flood, even more devastating.


Last week St. Joseph Shelter and many other Catholic Charities' programs began receiving calls for assistance due to the recent flooding. Some people were in need of general referrals to other resources and some were looking into shelter options. One family was taken in, but learned later in the day that their landlord was able to find them another apartment-- a huge thank you to that landlord! 


Fortunately, there are landlords working with flooded tenants as well as local agencies working to create resources for flood victims.


Des Moines Catholic Charities is among those agencies advocating for flood victims and connecting them to essential information for recovery. If you know of someone who could benefit from the following information, please pass this on!


What to do if...

Your home was completely flooded, your basement had four feet of water, your dealing with sewer back up...


Apply for Disaster Assistance with FEMA!
1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY)
  • Fill out ALL forms
  • Do it online if possible (if not, call during the night to reduce time waiting)
  • Do it quickly! If you don’t apply now, you won’t be able to get assistance later!
  • Assistance varies, but can help with grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Community Resource Site
A local Disaster Recovery Center is open at Logan Community Center, 1740 E. Garfield Street, Des Moines.  The center will be open from 9 am – 7 pm until further notice.  This includes Saturday and Sunday.
Call 2-1-1
This will link you with local organizations that can assist with food, clothing and basic needs.
Free Mental Health Counseling at Catholic Charities
Call 515-244-3761 for an appointment. Catholic Charities is offering free mental health counseling to flood victims. We realize mental health needs may not be at the top of your list right now. Please keep this number and contact us if any point you are in need of someone to talk to.

We hope to have more information in the weeks to come. Please check back at our website for updates. Save to


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