Midwest Flood Damage Total Approaching $1 Billion

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The federal government may need to intervene with additional resources to assist states like Nebraska and Iowa in recovering from flood damage, especially considering the urgent need for water restoration services just like the water restoration services queensland. Floodwaters are gradually receding following the devastating impact of the “bomb cyclone” that severely affected Midwest states, leaving extensive destruction in its aftermath.

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue tells the Fox Business Network that the existing safety net programs probably won’t be enough to cover the catastrophic damage. “Hopefully, we’ll have a supplemental disaster bill out of Congress very soon,” Perdue says. “This may be included in that as well.”

Nebraska Agriculture Director Steve Wellman says, “It’s hundreds of millions of dollars, approaching a billion dollars of impact straight to agriculture.”

Politico says the damage totals could exceed $400 million in livestock losses and $440 million for crop farmers, who could be forced to delay or even cancel planting entirely.

Craig Head of the Nebraska Farm Bureau says, “Those are very early estimates. They don’t even account for the damage done to roads, bridges, barns, fences, and other infrastructure.”

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says she’s seeking federal aid as soon as possible, citing ruined grain bins and lost livestock.

The Des Moines Register says it’s too soon to know the scope of the damage. “Some farms have been completely destroyed,” Wellman said. “We’ll rebound as best we can.”

Source: National Association of Farm Broadcasters