After seeing the damage firsthand, the Iowa senator highlighted the challenges Iowans are facing to the national media.
Aug 17 2020
RED OAK, Iowa—As Iowans work to recover from the devastating derecho that hit the state last week, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) joined Fox Report to discuss the impact of the severe storms and the need for recovery assistance.
Ernst, who was on the ground as a member of the Iowa National Guard during the recovery after the 2008 floods, said, “Iowans are resilient. They are pulling together, but it is a devastating situation. The derecho hit on Monday, and it affected a lot of our crop land area, nearly 10 million acres have been affected, but more significantly we have many communities still without power, especially Cedar Rapids, which is Iowa's second largest city.”
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On Friday, Senator Ernst visited Cedar Rapids to continue to meet with and hear from Iowans as the state works to recover from the derecho. Ernst spoke with Governor Kim Reynolds and the Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, Ben Corell, before distributing food alongside volunteers at the HACAP Mobile Food Pantry.
Ernst also visited a farm in Maxwell to see the damage firsthand and hear directly from Iowans who have been impacted by the storms.
Ernst also launched a new resources page on her website for Iowans who have been impacted by the derecho, and is encouraging Iowans to reach out to her office for assistance with federal agencies as she continues to hear from local officials and communities across the state as they work to rebuild.