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Old 08-17-2020, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Calera, AL
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I went to the Raygun website and purchased a "Cedar Rapids Strong" T-shirt for $23.00. 100% of the proceeds to go to disaster relief so you know the money is for a good cause.
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Old 08-17-2020, 07:34 PM
 
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Just North of Carroll I never lost power, but one tree limb ripped its way down taking a strip of bark 6 or 7 feet long with it before landing on two other branches, and still attached by the strip of bark.


I had to go to Des Moines and noticed lots of split trees and no traffic lights had any power
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Old 08-18-2020, 08:08 AM
 
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I have extended family in Iowa. The few folks who could post have been posting. Some have power back and some don't. Most of the family lost big trees and some shingles. I think my grandparents old garage took a hit. It may have to come down. That could be an undertaking because of the way it was built.

I've been curious about the lack of coverage too. The Iowans I know are all pretty self sufficient. I guess I kind of think of the state as a whole as being pretty self sufficient too. Most everyone I know is a hard worker and willing to pitch in and help others. I'm kind of wondering if Iowa didn't get help because they aren't the type of people who readily ask for it. I did see the TODAY Show did a bit about it. https://www.today.com/video/thousand...vestuesday-nnd Maybe you will get the help you need.
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Old 08-18-2020, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Iowa
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Another disappointment, this derecho was kinda stingy with the rain. Carroll is in the bullseye of a severe drought section of the state which includes much of west central Iowa. We only received 1 inch of rain in Des Moines from this storm, and most places did not get much more than that, maybe 2 inches in Eastern Iowa. The drought monitor map from last Thursday does show some improvement, but we need more rain in a bad way. Now a week later, the ground is hard as a rock once again and many lakes and ponds sporting green algae with several closed to swimming because of contamination. Not unusual for late summer, some fresh water in the streams would really help.

https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Curre...onitor.aspx?IA
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Old 08-18-2020, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Calera, AL
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Droughts are no fun, but Iowa is one of the most expensive states for flood insurance. The state has been very unlucky with flooding over the past few years.
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Old 08-18-2020, 02:19 PM
 
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Still waiting for my son’s power to be restored. I’m sure their patience is near an end on day 9.

At least their house is habitable. It’s heartbreaking to read about those whose homes were torn apart and shelters didn’t open till yesterday, if what I read is correct.

My best wishes to everyone affected there.
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Old 08-18-2020, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Our power went back on last evening. Today I did some grocery shopping to add to my empty refrigerator. About 10 minutes ago power went off again. ☹️
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Old 08-18-2020, 10:08 PM
 
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I appreciated how the Vilsacks took advantage of the roll call tonight to plea for attention to the devastation in Iowa. Hope it will do some good.

I've already donated to the United Way of East Central Iowa for storm recovery efforts. Is there any other non-profit that is really doing a good job locally right now? Is there an organization that is specifically helping farmers?

Best wishes to all.
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Old 08-19-2020, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Calera, AL
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Like I said earlier, I bought a shirt from Raygun where 100% of the proceeds go to disaster relief.


There are some other ways:


https://www.kcci.com/article/how-can...onate/33615814
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Old 08-19-2020, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Follow the comments from locals on Facebook from this organization. It was started by locals during the pandemic and took overRecently by the city to help local businesses (mostly restaurants), but now has morphed into much more. Rally C.A.P Challenge (Champion & Protect Local Businesses).


Also I keep hearing World Central Kitchen (WCKitchen) is out in the community helping those most dire in need of food and other accommodations.


This may have already been posted previously but I’ll include it here
https://cbs2iowa.com/news/local/reso...e-iowa-derecho


I donate to this man’s business. He is actually out in the community cooking and feeding for free those who lost everything, living in tents now. . https://www.rock108.com/2020/08/17/w...-cedar-rapids/

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