Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has been calling for new approaches to deal with persistent flooding, and now she's also seeking prayers to deal with the problem.
On Monday, Reynolds was surrounded by evangelical Christians as she signed a proclamation declaring Sunday a statewide day of prayer for flood recovery. Reynolds and the group then bowed their heads together in prayer.
Earlier in the week, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a similar proclamation.
In response to questions from reporters, Reynolds repeated her call for new approaches to reduce immediate and long-term flood risks along the Missouri River, saying companies and residents will leave if flood threats remain high.
Woodbury County Emergency Management and Community Organizations Active in Disasters will be opening a Woodbury County Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) to assist those who have been impacted by recent flooding or groundwater issues.
The goal is to bring together multiple service providers in a single location and provide on-site assistance to affected individuals and families. Since FEMA has representatives in the lower level at The Security Institute, the MARC will be set up in the first-floor lobby area at The Security Institute to provide a "one-stop shop" location.
The MARC will be open from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Some of the agencies that will be available at the MARC include The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Community Action Agency and Iowa Legal Aid.