Gov. Reynolds requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for tornado

T-R File Photo - Gov. Kim Reynolds tours destruction in Marshalltown on July 20, one day after an EF-3 tornado came through the city.

In an official statement Friday afternoon, the Gov. Kim Reynolds administration announced the governor had signed a letter to President Donald Trump, asking him to declare a disaster in five tornado-impacted counties, including Marshall County.

“The governor requested funding under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual Assistance Program for Marshall and Polk counties,” the statement read. “Individual Assistance Program funding provides disaster survivors with programs and services to maximize recovery, including assistance with housing, personal property replacement, medical expenses and legal services.”

Reynolds also requested funding from FEMA’s Public Assistance Program for Marshall, Lee, Marion and Van Buren counties. That program can be used to “rebuild damaged infrastructure that may include roads, bridges, culverts and other public facilities, or cover costs of emergency work during, and debris removal after, severe weather,” according to the statement.

The estimated damage eligible for Public Assistance Program funding was estimated at $6 million.

Reynolds sent another letter to Trump earlier this month, requesting he declare a disaster in 30 counties that suffered flooding damage in June and July. That request has not yet been answered, according to the statement.