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.
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.
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.