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Old 08-19-2020, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Calera, AL
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^^^ that's pretty awesome right there. My hat's off to Willie Ray for using his time and talents to take care of those in need.
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Old 08-19-2020, 10:25 AM
 
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Iowans are really self-reliant but this natural disaster calls for extra help. Members of my family have donated to non-profit groups helping them.

I hope power and widespread internet and cell service is back for everyone very soon.
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Old 08-19-2020, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Calera, AL
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The state asked for approx. $4B in federal aid. That’s some serious money.
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Old 08-19-2020, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Default Maximum Derecho wind speed in Cedar Rapids 140mph

https://www.kcrg.com/2020/08/19/maxi...sures-126-mph/
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Old 08-20-2020, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Calera, AL
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140 mph gusts? That's a Cat 4 hurricane (which is almost unheard of this far inland), and stronger than the vast majority of tornadoes.
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Old 08-20-2020, 11:38 AM
 
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140 mph gusts? That's a Cat 4 hurricane (which is almost unheard of this far inland), and stronger than the vast majority of tornadoes.
It’s a miracle there weren’t more deaths. The damage is bad enough.

Our son’s house (NE section) had power restored yesterday midday. It must seem like months for those still without it.
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Old 08-20-2020, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Calera, AL
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It's been a week at a half and there's still 20K+ without power. It's a lot better than what it was, but I have never been without power for more than a few hours at a time - these folks have been going without power for DAYS. It makes me want to get a Craftsman portable generator in case something like that ever happens - Alabama weather can be just as brutal as anywhere in Iowa.
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Old 08-21-2020, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Calera, AL
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Slowly getting better - still 14K without power.
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Old 08-23-2020, 11:02 AM
 
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In the interim, the citizens of Iowa are helping themselves as best as possible but desperately needing a FEDERAL RESPONSE via FEMA! So, where the heck is it?
Ask your Governor. They have to request FEMA help.
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Old 08-24-2020, 06:05 AM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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Default Derecho, no power

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Ask your Governor. They have to request FEMA help.
reynolds is not my governor but your question Johnathon Hills speaks to my own point. Why did it take so many days before the proper designations and requests had been made by the State of Iowa, i.e. Governor reynolds and her administration, which were required to have been done before a FEMA request could be considered and then put into action?
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