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Iowa Governor Asks President Trump For $1.6 Billion To Recover From Flood Damage

Katie Peikes
IPR file
Governor Reynolds tours flood damage in Hornick with Mayor Scott Mitchell on Sunday March 17.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is asking President Donald Trump for $1.6 billion in federal assistance to help Iowa recover from catastrophic flooding.
Major flooding has caused widespread damage and led to several communities being evacuated. An analysis from Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management estimates about 1,200 residential structures have major damage or are destroyed.

Gov. Reynolds sent a letter to President Trump on Thursday requesting an expedited Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to help 57 counties recover from damages.

Of the $1.6 billion requested, Reynolds is asking for $481 million to repair homes with minor and major damage.

She is also asking for about half a billion dollars to repair 245 miles of levees.

President Trump approved Nebraska's Disaster Declaration on Thursday.

Credit Katie Peikes / IPR
Flooding in Hornick, Iowa, seen on Sunday March 17.

Katie Peikes was a reporter for Iowa Public Radio from 2018 to 2023. She joined IPR as its first-ever Western Iowa reporter, and then served as the agricultural reporter.