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Low-Income Iowans Urged to Seek Disaster Aid

Many parts of Iowa are still reeling from last week’s line of storms and their widespread damage. Now, lower-income residents are being reminded that emergency help is available. The storms left scores of Iowans without power, and many are still waiting for electricity. First District Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer says food access is another big concern, with supplies going to waste during the lengthy outages. She says the type of storm that happened, known as a derecho, brought hurricane-like conditions to a region not used to something so destructive that comes with little warning. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has come under fire over what some say has been a slow response from her office. Going into the weekend, she defended the state’s approach in dealing with the emergency, and sent in the National Guard to help with efforts to restore power more quickly. Meanwhile, Finkenauer says Iowans need all the help they can get right now. On Sunday, Governor Reynolds did submit the state’s request for an expedited federal disaster declaration, seeking nearly $4-billion dollars in assistance. As for more state-level aid, Iowa also offers disaster relief grants to households that meet certain low-income requirements. More information is on the Department of Human Services website.


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