IOWA DERECHO 2020

Where to get help: Resources for residents after the derecho

On Monday, Aug.10 Iowa was hit with a derecho — hurricane strength, straight-line winds — that leveled homes, businesses and left thousands without access to food, power or internet.

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CEDAR RAPIDS - Shannon Ramsay recalls Daniels Park in the northeast quadrant as a majestic green space with 'magnificent' oak trees. ...

The Edison Electric Institute, which represents all investor-owned utilities in the United States, gave Alliant Energy and ITC Midwest its Emergency Response Award for 'for working collaboratively to restore electricity' after the Aug. 10 derecho. ...

Jodi and John Philipp were driving home from a cancer treatment session in Iowa City to their home in Van Horne when the derecho hit. ...

MARION - Marion's train depot in City Square Park soon will be repaired after being heavily damaged in last August's derecho. ...

Those affected by the Aug. 10 derecho and other disasters may receive tax relief following the passing of the federal Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 last week. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - After nearly five months and $1.5 million, the Kennedy High School gymnasium is back in business. ...

2020 took bad weather to new extremes

Saturday, January 02, 2021

As most of us are breathing a sigh of relief that 2020 is finally over, many meteorologists are doing the same thing. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - On Christmas Eve, after singing hymns in the cold, members of First Congregational Church of Christ turned on a light against the darkness, illuminating a Christmas tree that symbolized more than trees normally do. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - Bridgette Williams-Robinson and her husband, Jovountae Robinson, didn't intend to start a nonprofit. ...

Phil Garland's typical work day has been rather unorthodox since Aug. 10. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - A 23-year-old Chicago man was charged Monday in federal court for making a false claim on a house in attempt to receive Federal Emergency Management Agency benefits for damage caused by the August derecho. ...

The owner of Jules Bakery said Friday she will not reopen her Marion business. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - The city's Solid Waste & Recycling division Wednesday announced a full return to alley collection of garbage, recycling and yard waste carts, according to a news release. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - Marion nonprofit Trees Forever will welcome Kiley Miller as its new executive director in early 2021 amid a historic effort to replant trees downed by the Aug. 10 derecho in Iowa. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - After the Aug. 10 derecho swept through Cedar Rapids, Associate Principal Jessica Johnson walked through Kennedy High School ankle-deep in water to survey the destruction. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - The city could enact the bolder policies of some other communities to fully commit to increasing its tree canopy after so many trees were downed in the Aug. 10 derecho, renowned city planner Jeff Speck said Thursday. ...

The Marion Chamber Foundation announced on Wednesday that $18,000 has been awarded to Marion small businesses and residents through the Disaster Recovery Grant. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - With winter closing in and federal aid and insurance payments backlogged for some, community organizations have teamed up to establish a new revolving loan fund to help Linn County homeowners repair homes damaged in the Aug. 10 derecho. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - A sampling of 111 Cedar Rapids businesses have told the city they lost a combined $133.4 million because of the Aug. 10 derecho that pummeled Eastern Iowa with hurricane-force. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - During the derecho that pummeled Cedar Rapids, the hurricane-force winds ripped siding and gutters off Holly Hartkemeyer's house in northwest Cedar Rapids. ...

The Gazette is working with the Linn Landowner Forum to present a weekly series of columns about elements landowners should consider when replacing trees and plants lost in the Aug. 10 derecho. The series will focus on recovery, the importance of native plants and other topics. Eighth in a ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - About 400 miles away from home, Logan Berns and Nick Meyer spent their afternoon earlier this month in northeast Cedar Rapids repairing streetlights. ...

Workers from Texas who said they had not been paid for nearly a month of construction work in Cedar Rapids will be paid by a Colorado company overseeing the project. ...

The Aug. 10 derecho toppled a tree that fell on top of William and Myrtle Ross' mobile home in Cedar Rapids. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - Texas workers who came to Cedar Rapids to help with construction after the August derecho say they haven't been paid by a contractor for nearly a month. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - Since the Aug. 10 derecho, Cedar Rapids firefighters have been called to eight fires involving storm debris, all of them intentionally or accidentally set by people. ...

The Gazette is working with the Linn Landowner Forum to present a weekly series of columns about elements landowners should con-sider when replacing trees and plants lost in the Aug. 10 derecho. The series will focus on recovery, the importance of native plants and other topics. Seventh in ...