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dbodeenisudm

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its armageddon round here

cooking frozen pizzas on the grill

just unhooked the internet and plugged in the sump pump

the hum of generators is soothing

my cousins neighbor abandoned ship water from the top and the bottom

all 3 trees gone

hole to my attic from flashing/facia, who can fix? local storm team said im 0 priority, they are blunt

one child smells like sour milk im cutting him off
 
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AgronAlum

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I had to go out to eastern Iowa for work today and stopped through Cedar Rapids to visit family. I have never and probably will never see anything like it again. The pictures and video do not capture how massive and widespread the destruction is. Cedar Rapids is absolutely destroyed compared to anything I’ve seen in the Des Moines area. Here are a couple pics I took from the front of my sisters place. The entire town looks this way. A lot of it worse. This is also after 4 days of cleanup work. You couldn’t get within about a mile of their house on Monday afternoon.

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Gomer80

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Night five here in Nevadatonfieldville, Iowa without power and no hope in sight. Haven't seen a single Alliant truck w/in six blocks from our neighborhood. We get it. Others need the power back more than we do.

However, the sound of all the generators and the amount of booze that's been consumed is just like tailgating in the lots at JTS!

GO STATE!
 
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CysRage

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This link has a lot of great resources to donate or volunteer.

Edit: The United Way also has a fund now.
 
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BCClone

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US Congresswoman representing Cedar Rapids' district. She replaced Rod Blum a few years ago.

Yeah, I kept reading and figured out who they were talking about on the next page. New enough that the name Abby didn't ring a bell. Thanks for the clarification.
 

BoxsterCy

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its armageddon round here

cooking frozen pizzas on the grill

just unhooked the internet and plugged in the sump pump

the hum of generators is soothing

my cousins neighbor abandoned ship water from the top and the bottom

all 3 trees gone

hole to my attic from flashing/facia, who can fix? local storm team said im 0 priority, they are blunt

one child smells like sour milk im cutting him off
Was thinking about that. All of my neighbors up north here rely on sump pumps and every power outage here is a race to plug in generators. Is the CR area sump pump country? Grew up 40 miles north of there but our house was on a sandy base and no one ever worried about water.
 

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I traveled today on Hwy 30 today from Des Moines to about 20 miles from Cedar Rapids and then traveled from Waterloo on 63/96/330 back to Des Moines.

It was crazy. If you don't live there, I don't think it is possible to understand how bad it was. There was a stretch from about Tama to where I got off of 30 where about 90% of the farms/acreages had damage that looked like it came from a pretty good tornado. I thought of the times when my family has helped others clean up after tornados. Everyone would come help. Now almost every farm along that route is dealing with the same thing. There's no one to help. I suspect that the rest of the way to Cedar Rapids was similar. On several north/south gravel roads every single power that I could see was still down on the road. The road signs were bent over. The corn was ruined. On the way home, there wasn't as much structural damage on my route, but so many large trees down. It looked like Albion was still without power.

I didn't go into Marshalltown or Cedar Rapids and it sounds like they have as much damage as I saw today.

I have no doubt that this will go down as the biggest natural disaster in this state's history. The amount of property damage that I just managed to catch driving was easily several millions. And the crop damage is equally bad. They might be able to save some of the corn that wasn't completely flattened, but it will be hard.
 
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jsb

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Was thinking about that. All of my neighbors up north here rely on sump pumps and every power outage here is a race to plug in generators. Is the CR area sump pump country? Grew up 40 miles north of there but our house was on a sandy base and no one ever worried about water.
Cedar Rapids is definitely sump pump country. But the only good thing about this is that it is pretty dry right now and there wasn't a ton of rain in the storm, so I suspect basements are mostly doing OK right now.
 

AgronAlum

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Cedar Rapids is definitely sump pump country. But the only good thing about this is that it is pretty dry right now and there wasn't a ton of rain in the storm, so I suspect basements are mostly doing OK right now.
You are correct. I think most of the water damage from the storm was due to leaky roofs.
 

keepngoal

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You are correct. I think most of the water damage from the storm was due to leaky roofs.
Winds broke seals on windows, creating leaks around them. Gonna have to be vigilant in your inspections.
 

urb1

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Probably a stupid question. When MidAmerican says 8000 customers, is that 8000 dwellings or people?
 

AgronAlum

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Winds broke seals on windows, creating leaks around them. Gonna have to be vigilant in your inspections.
Not an inspector, just drove the area and saw the amount of roof damage. After talking with family, I hadn’t heard of anyone having straight water in their basement otherwise. They are pretty well connected with community in both of their jobs.
 
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cmjh10

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Parents got power back yesterday, they live in southern Jones county. One set of grandparents go power back today, they live outside of Solon. Other set got power back today as well, they live in Hiawatha.
 

bawbie

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I traveled today on Hwy 30 today from Des Moines to about 20 miles from Cedar Rapids and then traveled from Waterloo on 63/96/330 back to Des Moines.

It was crazy. If you don't live there, I don't think it is possible to understand how bad it was. There was a stretch from about Tama to where I got off of 30 where about 90% of the farms/acreages had damage that looked like it came from a pretty good tornado. I thought of the times when my family has helped others clean up after tornados. Everyone would come help. Now almost every farm along that route is dealing with the same thing. There's no one to help. I suspect that the rest of the way to Cedar Rapids was similar. On several north/south gravel roads every single power that I could see was still down on the road. The road signs were bent over. The corn was ruined. On the way home, there wasn't as much structural damage on my route, but so many large trees down. It looked like Albion was still without power.

I didn't go into Marshalltown or Cedar Rapids and it sounds like they have as much damage as I saw today.

I have no doubt that this will go down as the biggest natural disaster in this state's history. The amount of property damage that I just managed to catch driving was easily several millions. And the crop damage is equally bad. They might be able to save some of the corn that wasn't completely flattened, but it will be hard.
Cedar Rapids is likely worse than what you saw - if possible. It is really really difficult to describe just how bad it is.

What I've read today is that over 50% of the TOTAL number of trees in CR are down and 80%+ of all structures are damaged to some extent. Every single school in Cedar Rapids has some level of roof damage. Every block of every street in every part of town looks the same.

The crazy part about this particular storm in CR is that it blew at 70mph+ winds for ~40 minutes straight. I think that is a big part of the tree damage and roof damage - they just can't take the sustained wind that long
 

AirWalke

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Was there anything unique that happened in Cedar Rapids meteorologically compared to all the other hard hit areas in the derecho’s path? It just seems so bizarre that the CR area is by-and-large the biggest victim from this storm.
 

Gunnerclone

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Was there anything unique that happened in Cedar Rapids meteorologically compared to all the other hard hit areas in the derecho’s path? It just seems so bizarre that the CR area is by-and-large the biggest victim from this storm.
See above.
 

nfrine

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I was complaining about the 15 large oak trees that were destroyed with 3 of them on our shed (also still no power). Then I talked to a friend from the Tama area. Over 100 large trees destroyed, cattlefeeding facilities destroyed along with most of their outbuildings and of course, most of their corn crop is on the ground. Their son's farm got hit harder. I am an old guy. This is the most widespread damage I have seen.
 

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