CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today visited Cedar Rapids to meet with city officials to discuss recovery efforts following the severe derecho storm that hit Iowa earlier this week. Grassley also surveyed damage, met with residents affected by the storm and visited a local nonprofit assisting in relief efforts.


Grassley discusses his visit to Cedar Rapids, Iowa today following the derecho. The video can be found above and HERE.


“Today, I saw a community coming together to support their neighbors. I appreciated the opportunity to meet with Cedar Rapids city officials and folks who have been directly affected by this awful storm. I’ve seen firsthand this historic damage that has swept across our state. Unfortunately, the national media has been focused on other things and ignored the destruction and loss of many livelihoods here in middle America. Iowans are no strangers to hardship or devastating natural disasters. But Iowans are strong and we’ll get through this together. I stand with Senator Ernst and the rest of the Iowa delegation to support affected communities through federal assistance,” Grassley said.


Grassley spoke with Iowans in Cedar Rapids today who have been negatively impacted by the derecho that swept through the state earlier this week.


Grassley surveyed storm damage throughout Cedar Rapids and spoke to local media about federal response measures.


After surveying storm damage and meeting with residents, Grassley met with local city officials at the Cedar Rapids Central Fire Station.


After meeting with city officials and discussing their recovery efforts, Grassley visited Samaritan’s Purse Cedar Rapids to help with their disaster response and donate food and bottled water.


All photos and videos from the visit today can be found HERE.


Grassley recently spoke about the derecho on the Senate floor which can be found HERE. His message to those affected by the storm can be found HERE.