Iowa Governor Branstad Tours Damage In Jackson County
Even as efforts continue to guard against further flood damage communities across our area are beginning to clean up.
We joined Iowa Governor as he toured storm damaged areas in the QCA, particularly Jackson County, Iowa and as she shows us, it's clear they packed quite a punch.
The storms that barreled through our area left a lot of area in their wake. You can see this corn flattened by the high winds. Other fields were so flooded by the heavy rains, that crop may not survive .
It's just a small taste of the damage Iowa Governor Terry Branstad got to see for himself as he toured this part of the state. The damage is incredible, to buildings, roads, and county roads. But what the Governor says he is truly amazed by is the resiliency of the people he has met.
"We just heard of several neighbors in this area in Jackson County that have helped cover roofs with tarp," Branstad said. "And it helped clean trees and debris off of homes and properties. So it is pretty encouraging to see that kind of volunteer spirit and the way people pulled together to help each other when you have a disaster like this."
Governor Branstad has issued disaster proclamations for nine Eastern Iowa counties including Jackson County.
The county supervisor here tells us the state aid that should bring will be critical in what will no doubt be a very expensive recovery process.