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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, right, talks Monday during a briefing by Mills County officials on flooding in the area. The talks took place at the Mills County Courthouse. 

WASHINGTON — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has asked President Donald Trump for an expedited major disaster declaration after severe flooding.

Reynolds indicated that the state will need recovery assistance beyond the disaster declaration with a projected $1.6 billion impact to Iowa across agriculture, businesses, homes and levees.

She requested individual assistance funding for Crawford, Fremont, Harrison, Ida, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Plymouth, Pottawattamie, Shelby and Woodbury Counties. That provides homeowners and businesses assistance with housing, personal property replacement, medical expenses and legal services.

Reynolds also requested funding under the public assistance program for repair and replacement of public infrastructure in dozens of counties and requested hazard mitigation assistance for the entire state.

Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, as well as Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, have expressed support for Reynolds’ request.

So has Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, who represents southwest Iowa’s 3rd District.

“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 public infrastructure that is vital to these communities,” Axne wrote in a letter to Trump.

“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.”

A declaration for Iowa is likely.

Trump has already issued a disaster declaration for Nebraska as a result of the storm and subsequent flooding.

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