Iowa ‘hurting’ after storm, seeks nearly $4B in disaster aid

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Work continues on tree and debris removal, some fallen on houses and other structures, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. The derecho that caused massive damage in Iowa this past week could offer lessons for forecasters and the public. The unusual storm packed the power of a category 3 hurricane but lacked the days of warning a typical hurricane offers. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette via AP)

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is asking the federal government for nearly $4 billion to help recover from the unusual wind storm that struck the state on Monday killing at least three people in the state, leaving thousands without power and extensively damaging crops.

Reynolds says she’s filing an expedited presidential major disaster declaration for $3.99 billion.

In a statement released Sunday, Reynolds says early damages assessments indicate more than 8,200 homes were destroyed or have major damage and 13 million acres of corn has been lost, about a third of the state’s cropland.

Costs include $3.78 billion in agriculture losses, $100 million for private utilities, $82 million for homes, and $45 million for public assistance. 

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