Rep. Axne Urges Trump to Declare a Disaster Declaration

March 22, 2019
Press Release
Axne sends letter to POTUS in support of Gov. Reynolds’ request for federal assistance

DES MOINES, IA – U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) urged President Trump to declare a major disaster declaration following the devastating flooding that hit Iowa, particularly Southwest Iowa. Rep. Axne wrote to President Trump in support of Governor Kim Reynolds’ request for an expedited emergency declaration.

“The flooding, particularly in Mills and Fremont counties, has resulted in likely hundreds of millions, or billions, of dollars in agricultural losses, destroyed homes, schools, small businesses, medical centers and caused significant damage to vital public infrastructure,” wrote Axne.

“A federal emergency declaration would ensure the full availability of federal resources to support Iowa’s efforts to guarantee public safety and rapid recovery,” Axne added.

Full text of the letter is available below:

 

March 21, 2019

The Honorable Donald Trump

President of the United States of America

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20500

 

Dear Mr. President:

I respectfully ask that you grant the request made by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds to declare a federal major disaster declaration for the State of Iowa following the severe flooding, caused by the “bomb cyclone” which hit Iowa, and in particular the Southwest corner of the state.

The flooding, particularly in Mills and Fremont counties, has resulted in likely hundreds of millions, or billions, of dollars in agricultural losses, destroyed homes, schools, small businesses, medical centers and caused significant damage to vital public infrastructure.

Small towns such as Hamburg in Fremont County and Pacific Junction in Mills County are underwater and facing potentially irreparable damages. Communities, including health care providers, are without sanitary water. The lasting effects on the health and wellbeing of Iowa families and our rural communities is beyond calculation.

There 57 total counties affected, with the most severe damages in Crawford, Fremont, Harrison, Ida, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Plymouth, Pottawattamie, Shelby, and Woodbury counties. Governor Reynolds has issued a disaster proclamation in 38 counties and has made state resources available to all 99 counties. Responding to this damage is beyond the capabilities of the state and local governments. A federal emergency declaration would ensure the full availability of federal resources to support Iowa’s efforts to guarantee public safety and rapid recovery.

Thank you for your consideration of Governor Reynold’s request. I look forward to working with you, FEMA, and other relevant federal agencies to ensure that Iowa has the resources to ensure we can rebuild our rural communities and ensure the safety of our constituents.

I thank you and the Vice President for your continued support.

Sincerely,

 

Cindy Axne

Member of Congress