Iowa among States Hit by Most Weather Disasters in Last Decade
During a week where a lot of us saw our first measurable snowfall of the season, we were all reminded about how much the weather can wreak havoc on our lives in short order.
And while our recent precipitation fell far short of a blizzard, we know full well just how devastating the weather can be.
What they found is that a staggering 90 percent of counties in the United States experienced a federally declared climate disaster during that time frame.
In all, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) paid out $91 billion in disaster aid to states from 2011 to 2021.
One of the states hardest hit over that decade was Iowa.
The Hawkeye State registered 21 climate disaster declarations from 2011-2021, which was the fourth-highest total in America.
During that time, the state received $717 million from FEMA and HUD.
Winneshiek County (Seat: Decorah) was the county with the highest disaster occurrences in Iowa from 2011 to 2021.
STATES WITH MOST WEATHER DISASTERS (2011-2021)
- California - 25
- Oklahoma, Mississippi - 22
- Iowa - 21
- Tennessee - 20
- Louisiana - 18
- Alabama, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia - 17
South Dakota was 20th overall with 13 climate disaster declarations during that time.
The Mount Rushmore State received $237 million in aid from FEMA and HUD between 2011 and 2021.
Butte, (Seat: Belle Fourche), Jackson (Seat: Kadoka), and Union (Seat: Elk Point) counties had the highest disaster declarations.
Minnesota was in the bottom half of the states at number 27.
The North Star State had 11 climate disaster declarations from 2011-2021 with Sibley County (Seat: Gaylord) leading the way.
The state received $276 million in aid from FEMA and HUD during that time.