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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The Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Recovery Center in Linn County will close at 6 p.m. Saturday, but residents seeking help to recover from the Aug. 10 derecho have until Oct. 19 to apply for assistance. ...

VINING - After last month's derecho blew through, this small town faced a big problem. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - For four little kittens, last month's devastating derecho paved the way for them to find a home. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - Even without power or internet, dozens of frustrated Cedar Rapids residents found ways to email Mayor Brad Hart in the days after the Aug. 10 derecho to complain about his response. ...

GreenState Credit Union's Hiawatha branch remains closed temporarily because of building damage, chief marketing officer Jim Kelly said. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - A private indoor tennis facility in southwest Cedar Rapids was so significantly damaged by the Aug. 10 derecho storm that it likely will be closed for at least a year. ...

About 700 ImOn customers and 'definitely hundreds' of Mediacom customers are without internet or landline service more than four weeks after the Aug. 10 derecho, spokeswomen from the companies told The Gazette. ...

DES MOINES, Iowa - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has estimated that 550,000 acres of Iowa corn will not be harvested this fall due to damage caused by the Aug. 10 windstorm that swept across the state. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - Mayuri Farlinger had about an hour's notice before the worst storm she's seen in her career. She 'hunkered down' in the safest room of Alliant Energy's operations building on Shaver Road NE and made calls to other employees to come in as soon as possible before the storm hit ...

Before the Aug. 10 derecho, wood working artist Clint Plinthenik would get maybe five calls a week from people interested in his chain saw creations. In the month since the storm raged through Iowa, that has jumped to 60 to 80 calls a day. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - Not often does the most impactful moment of a football game take place before the opening kickoff. But at Kingston Stadium Friday evening, that's exactly what happened. ...

DES MOINES - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has made assistance available to public entities and nonprofits in seven additional Iowa counties as well as the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa in the wake of the Aug. 10 derecho, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Friday. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - Nicole Kooiker started her job as deputy superintendent of Cedar Rapids schools in the middle of a crisis - first the coronavirus pandemic and then the derecho that damaged school buildings. ...

If you need a new roof because of the Aug. 10 derecho storm, don't be surprised if your contractor tells you it could be weeks - or even months - before the work can begin. ...

DES MOINES - Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Thursday she has extended a disaster proclamation for counties affected by the Aug. 10 derecho. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - A month after the derecho ripped off roofs and thrust tree limbs through rafters, the quilt of blue tarps left to temporarily protect so many homes is time and again proving no match for this week's relentless rains - and yet more damage. ...

Three months ago, Cedar Rapids' Dallas Hobbs was just another college football player hoping this coronavirus pandemic wouldn't affect his junior season at Washington State. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - No mountains mark the city's horizon. The Cedar River cuts through town, but the nearest ocean is hundreds of miles away. At least Cedar Rapids residents could take solace in the city's lush tree canopy - until the derecho's ferocious winds ravaged Iowa nearly a month ago. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - More than 5,500 Mediacom and ImOn Communications customers still are without service almost a month after the Aug. 10 derecho's hurricane-force winds downed trees and power lines. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - Every year, Cedar Rapids nonprofit Matthew 25 holds Transform Week, sending teams of volunteers out into the Taylor and Time Check neighborhoods to tackle home repair projects. Those neighborhoods have been at the heart of the organization's Block by Block rebuilding efforts ...

Though most of us hadn't heard the word "derecho" before Aug. 10, earlier hurricane-like, straight-line winds have caused millions of dollars in damage in Iowa at least five times since 1965. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - In the hours following the Aug. 10 storm and leading into the next day, the Cedar Rapids Fire Department responded to 547 calls for service including six structural collapses, 39 structure fires, 243 gas leaks, 92 electrical hazards or power lines down and six traumatic inju ...

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Friday, September 04, 2020

The Gazette is inviting Iowans to tell their stories and share their pictures and videos from the Aug. 10 derecho. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - Elected officials pleaded Friday for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to bring 200 trailers to Cedar Rapids for residents whose homes were destroyed in the Aug. 10 derecho. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - It has been nearly a month since winds of more than 100 mph tore through Eastern Iowa destroying crops, uprooting trees, snapping power lines and shattering trees. ...

Just one week before the Aug. 10 storm hit, my aunt and cousins came to visit. It was the first time they'd been to my house since I moved to Cedar Rapids five years ago, and as we walked along the shade-dappled streets of my southeast side neighborhood, they remarked how lovely it was, th ...