On August 10th, 2020 a violent storm called a derecho, unleashed winds over 100 mph in parts of Iowa, devastating communities. Cedar Rapids was among the hardest-hit areas. The storm system, flattened crops, toppled trees, and crumpled grain silos. The New York Times reported as many as 14 million acres of farmland were damaged by the storm.
A week later, hundreds of thousands of people remained without power, and many roads were still impassable.
During our time in Iowa, we worked alongside IOCC, a partner organization in disaster response. There was extensive tree damage in Cedar Rapids, IA and surrounding towns. In the two week time we were in the area, we cleared downed trees at two homes, cleared trees and debris at a Temple and at a local Jewish cemetery.