The VanDerGinst Law Team has donated water, diapers, bags of ice, bar & chain oil, 2-cycle gas mixture, blade sharpeners, shop rags, solar lights, charcoal, lighter fluid, and food to the relief efforts for the Cedar Rapids derecho storm that hit on August 10, 2020.
We’ve also been volunteering some time to supply and hand out sandwiches, chips, cold drinks, and cookies for the line crews, along with helping 2 households clear some downed trees.
This was only a drop in the bucket.
Cedar Rapids has been devastated and it will take months to complete the relief and restoration effort.
Power is still out in many neighborhoods, but linemen and linewomen from all over the country have traveled to Cedar Rapids to help, and they are working 16-hour days to get the power back on.
It is a monumental task.
The Effect of the Derecho Storm on Cedar Rapids
To paint a picture of the impact the derecho storm of August 10 had on the city of Cedar Rapids, we wanted to give you some statistics:
- There were recorded winds of up to 140mph within the town limits
- As of yesterday, 9 days after the derecho hit, 22,000 customers in Linn County are still without power
- 22,000 tons of debris have been removed in the last 9 days, and the city is still buried in debris
While the Midwest is used to tornadoes, the derecho storm is rare and devastating.
The city of Cedar Rapids is still in great need for volunteers, supplies, and donations.
Photos From The Cedar Rapids Derecho
These are some of the photos we took during our volunteer efforts on August 19, 2020.
How You Can Help Cedar Rapids
If you live close enough to Cedar Rapids, you can volunteer to help remove debris. You can also donate supplies or money to help with relief efforts.
We urge you to like and follow the Iowa Derecho Storm Resource Page on Facebook to see what supplies are currently needed.
Donation drop off is at:
Iowa Derecho Relief Center
4001 1st Ave. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
You can also check in to volunteer at that address.
You may donate to Derecho Relief in one of the following ways:
By Venmo: @iowaderecho
By PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org
By check for tax deductible donation, make checks payable to: Iowa Giving Crew
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