Trump approves emergency funding for Iowa after wind storm damages towns, farms

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 17th, 2020 3:45 pm
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Last Updated Oct 14th, 2020 at 3:12 pm

President Trump on Monday announced he approved federal disaster relief funding for the state of Iowa after severe wind storms caused significant damage to towns and farms early last week.

"I just approved an emergency declaration for Iowa, who had an incredible wind storm like probably they've never seen before. It really did a lot of damage," Trump told reporters.

A derecho — a widespread, straight-line wind storm — pummeled much of the Midwest with wind speeds reaching over 100 mph in eastern Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, and parts of Illinois, according to local weather officials.

The Iowa Soybean Association said the storm impacted 14 million acres of farmland in Iowa alone, citing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley said the "number of grain bins flattened is humongous," adding he had never seen anything like it before.

The derecho impacted 58,000 holders of crop-insurance policies with a liability of around $6 billion, which Grassley said covers approximately 90% of Iowa farmland.

Trump told reporters that he would like to do a "surprise visit" to Iowa "if we can get it in."


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