Current Programs / August 2020 - August 2020

Cedar Rapids Derecho Assessment


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 remain without power, and some roads are still impassable.

Our Assessment

During this Assessment, we worked alongside our Partner IOCC. We found Cedar Rapids and the surrounding towns littered with downed trees. The work could take months to clear, unfortunately we did not have the funding to continue. In the 2 weeks we were in the area, we cleared downed trees at 2 homes, at a Temple, and a local Jewish cemetery.



Dorothy Maples

Operations Director

(952) 255-6809


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