Trump declares disaster in Iowa from storms in June, July

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Donald Trump has declared a major disaster exists in Iowa following severe storms that hit the state in June and July.

Trump issued the declaration Monday, August 20, making federal funding available to state, tribal and local governments as well as certain nonprofit groups.

The declaration applies to damage from storms from June 6 to July 2 that hit the following counties: Adair, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Cerro Gordo, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clay, Dallas, Delaware, Dickinson, Emmet, Floyd, Hamilton, Hancock, Howard, Humboldt, Kossuth, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Polk, Sioux, Story, Warren, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek and Wright.

Storms during that period included tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding.

Besides aiding in recovery, federal money also is available to hazard mitigation efforts on a cost-sharing basis.

This disaster declaration does not include the tornadoes that tore through several towns, including Marshalltown and Pella, just east of Des Moines on July 19. Governor Kim Reynolds asked President Trump to declare disasters for the four counties affected by these storms as well.

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