UPDATED 10:18 AM PT – Monday, August 17, 2020
President Trump has approved an emergency declaration for Iowa after a major storm left extensive property and crop damage across the state.
The president revealed he authorized the declaration while speaking outside the White House Monday. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) requested the declaration Sunday and asked for around $4 billion in emergency funds.
President Trump said he loves the people of Iowa and will visit the state very soon.
“We may do a surprise visit…if we can get it in we’re going to do it, but the very important thing is that we approved the emergency declaration for Iowa,” he stated. “Also, FEMA is in Iowa now full-force and helping them greatly.”
— Gov. Kim Reynolds (@IAGovernor) August 17, 2020
Last week’s storm, which included wind gusts of more than 100 miles-per-hour, destroyed and significantly damaged more than 8,000 homes and millions of acres of crops.