While campaigning in Iowa on Aug. 13, 2020, Vice President Mike Pence says he was taken aback by the devastation caused by the derecho in Iowa earlier this week.
Des Moines Register
The nearly $4 billion hit to Iowa from last week’s ferocious derecho is expected to grow as residents continue to assess the destruction to homes, farms, businesses, livestock and crops, experts say.
About $3.8 billion of the damage outlined in Gov. Kim Reynold’s disaster declaration request to President Donald Trump is to agriculture: a combined 6.1 million acres of corn and soybeans that were mowed down by winds exceeding 100 mph.
On Monday, Trump said he approved the request for disaster assistance. He plans to visit Iowa on Tuesday.
“At first blush, it’s a good number,” Iowa State University agricultural economist Chad Hart said of the early estimate.
But it doesn’t include “infrastructure damage,” Hart said. Officials estimate storage for tens of millions of bushels of grain were destroyed, both on farms and at elevators across a third of Iowa.
Hart and other economists warn that it could take weeks and months…
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