Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa has asked the President to grant the request made by Governor Terry Branstad for a declaration of a major disaster in response to damaging winds, tornados, rain accumulation, hail, and thunderstorms last month.
In a request letter, Grassley wrote, “The Governor determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that an effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and affected local governments to handle effectively and federal assistance is needed.”
Severe weather on June 14-23 caused significant damage to public infrastructure and private property. The 26 counties with the most severe damage are Allamakee, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Fayette, Franklin, Hancock, Humboldt, Ida, Kossuth, Lyon, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Sac, Sioux, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Woodbury, and Wright. A presidential declaration of a major disaster is necessary to trigger the release of federal funds for public assistance.