Governor Kim Reynolds Wednesday signed a letter to President Trump asking him to declare a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 30 Iowa counties, including Polk county.
The request is for funding under FEMA's Public Assistance program for 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 counties. They're estimating that $16 million in damage was caused to these facilities.
That funding's used fo help restore public infrastructure like roads, bridges and other public services.
Reynolds' request also included a request for funds under FEMA's Individual Assistance Program for Buchanan, Dickinson, Polk and Winnebago counties. Thisprovides disaster survivors with programs and services to maximize recovery, including assistance with housing, personal property replacement, medical expenses and legal services.
The governor's also requesting that low interest loans for home and business recovery be provided by the Small Business Administration and that the US Department of Agriculture provide assistance.