DAVENPORT, Iowa – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds got a look at the flood damage in eastern Iowa Friday.
She toured Davenport where businesses remain closed and residents are out of their homes.
The Mississippi River near Davenport rose to a record level of more than 22 feet Thursday, and the water continues to rise.
Reynolds said the recovery process will be a long one, but federal help could make it easier on those suffering.
“We’re looking at this from the short term, medium, and long term,” she said. “So, it’s to make sure we collect the information that we need so we can get that turned around and to FEMA so we can get this county designated so that can help the individuals. And then just to be as helpful as we can for as we begin the recovery process.”
After this years spring season, 61 out of Iowa’s 99 counties have been designated as disaster areas by state or federal officials.