Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds toured Pacific Junction flooding on Monday, witnessing continued water damage during the rain.
According to Reynolds, the amount of rain received in Iowa in recent weeks and days is delaying the repair of the four main levee breaches that flooded the city.
Although repair of the four levees is ahead of schedule, the rain has delayed a proper assessment of costs.
Reynolds, along with the governors of Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri continue to work with the United State Army Corps of Engineers to further mitigate the damage done by continued rains.
“We’re not backing away from what we’re asking for,” Reynolds said.
In Pacific Junction, Reynolds was told around 55 individuals are looking for housing, but individuals and companies are apprehensive due to the ongoing risk of flooding.
Reynolds said transportation is also an issue as some roads have needed to be repaired every three to five years because of flooding issues.
“We need flexibility, we need to do things differently to focus on the people and community and talk about the flow of the river,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds said she is constantly communicating with her team, mayors, governors and community members and though this is a “long game,” no one is giving up.
“Iowans are resilient, and I see it every day with that perseverance in the community — but they’re tired,” Reynolds said. “They’re not giving up the fight, I haven’t seen any sense of that, but they’re weary.”
Reynolds visited Hamburg later Monday to tour flood and storm damage in that community.