On August 10, 2020, widespread, destructive straight line winds (known as a derecho) blew across central Iowa leaving damaged homes, downed trees and more than a million without power. The highest official wind gust measured was 99 mph at the Marshalltown Airport with an unofficial wind gust of 106 mph at Le Grand (east of Marshalltown).
Cedar Rapids was one of the hardest hit cities, with more than 800 buildings suffering partial collapse of the roof, walls, ceiling or floors. More than 20 school buildings in the city sustained damage as well.
On August 17, 2020, President Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Iowa and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms.
Heart to Heart International reached out to partners throughout Iowa and is sending hygiene kits (assembled by Ecolab through our PowrServ program) and hand sanitizer (donated by Holladay Distillery) for distribution to people in need in Cedar Rapids.
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