Chuck Grassley

United States Senator from Iowa

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Derecho Recovery Resources

Hurricane-force winds swept across Iowa on August 10, 2020 leading to extensive power outages for tens of thousands of Iowans. Tremendous property, tree and crop damage from the derecho reached from the Missouri to the Mississippi Rivers. Senator Grassley examined this flattened corn field in central Iowa and is working to ensure Iowa farmers, families and communities have the resources they need to rebuild and recover. Senator Grassley worked with the Iowa congressional delegation in full support of Governor Kim Reynolds’ request for federal assistance and welcomed President Trump’s swift approval of a major disaster assistance proclamation that will unleash much-needed federal resources to help Iowans hard-hit by the derecho.

Storm Recovery Information:

Iowans needing help with recovery, looking to volunteer, donate or register for disaster assistance, check resources here.

Consumer Alert: Iowa Attorney General warns of Storm Chaser Scams.

Food Safety: Check here for USDA/FDA recommendations about food safety during power outages.

Farmers: An estimated 10 million acres of Iowa farmland were damaged. Check the USDA FAQ regarding crop insurance claims.

Food Assistance and Household Disaster Assistance: Iowa Governor Reynolds issued disaster declarations for nearly one-third of Iowa counties. Iowans in those counties may learn more here to apply for state recovery assistance.  

American Red Cross Assistance: (800) RED-CROS, select 4, select 2, select 2.

Volunteers:  United Way of East Central Iowa  

American Red Cross

For food and shelter assistance, check American Red Cross. 

FEMA Hotline. (800) 621-FEMA.

Public Assistance (PA) helps communities and non-profits cover costs for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures and restoring public infrastructure.

The following Iowa counties are eligible  --  Benton, Boone, Cedar, Clinton, Dallas, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story, and Tama.

Individuals and Households Program (IHP) provides financial and direct services to eligible individuals and households for items not covered by homeowner’s insurance for disaster-caused expenses, such as child care, disaster medical expenses, clean-up and temporary housing.

Citizens can contact 211 or United Way for assistance with tree removal on private property.

A nationwide request has already gone out for assistance in this area and Volunteer Iowa will be helping with coordination.

The IRS is now providing tax relief for Iowans impacted by the derecho by extending the October 15 deadline and other upcoming deadlines to December 15.


Iowa Utilities Board provides resources following derecho

The Iowa Utilities Board is hosting an online summary of estimated power restoration timelines for Iowa residents who have not been able to reach their utility company for answers, the IUB said this week. Customers affected by the storm can find more information on health services, nutrition assistance, shelter, financial assistance and other programs by calling IOWA 211 or 800-244-7431. IUB One Call also reminds contractors, excavators and homeowners to call 811 before digging, to avoid underground utilities.

Real estate group offering grants to Iowans affected by Aug. 10 storm
The Iowa Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors are partnering to provide grants to Iowans affected by the Aug. 10 derecho storm that devastated parts of the state. The national association has awarded a $250,000 grant that can help individuals with mortgage or rent payments. Up to $1,000 is available per applicant who was displaced because of storm damage to their home or apartment building or to an applicant whose home was without power for several days. For more information, click here.


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