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'We'll take care of it': President Trump says individual derecho assistance coming during Iowa visit

Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart pushed to add individual assistance to a federal disaster declaration during a roundtable discussion Tuesday.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — President Donald Trump said his administration will "take a look" at adding individual assistance to the federal disaster declaration he approved Monday to help Iowans recover from last week's powerful derecho

The storm wrecked many parts of the state, with winds reaching 110+ miles per hour in cities like Midway and Atkins.

The president approved a major disaster declaration for Iowa on Monday.

Funding is available for state, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations.

The first wave of funding totals $45 million, while the additional funds for individuals would be $180 million.

While immediate funding was not provided for individuals, Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley said in statements they believe it will come soon.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) website doesn't say how much financial assistance will be provided to the state.

Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart pushed individual assistance during a roundtable meeting Tuesday morning with the president and local leaders. 

"Most policies for insurance do not cover removal of trees. They'll pay to move it off your house, but not once on the ground, you have to pay for that," Hart told Trump. "And that could be tens of thousands of dollars for lots of homeowners."

Trump asked the mayor if insurance companies have responded well to the area, and Hart said they had for him.

"The trees in my yard will cost me lots of money, more than what my coverage is, and I have pretty good coverage, but I can handle them," Hart said. "There's so many Iowans who cannot."

"Alright, we'll take a look at it," Trump responded.

Gov. Kim Reynolds said individual assistance is included in the approved disaster declaration.

"We're actually accumulating the damage and the numbers and we'll be able to add that on," Reynolds said. "And we should be able to do that in a short amount of time."

When Trump asked how many people will be impacted by the individual assistance, Hart said about 55,000 buildings were impacted by the damage alone.

"OK, we'll take care of it," Trump said. 

Following the briefing, the president left for Arizona.

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