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ROCK ISLAND DISTRICT SUPPORTS DERECHO RECOVERY EFFORTS ACROSS IOWA BY SAM HEILIG, Rock Island District

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The devastating storm, which came with little warning, caused widespread power outages and extensive damage to trees and buildings in many communities across the state of Iowa. Following the storm, a disaster was declared and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) stepped in to aid in the

PHOTO BY JAMES FINN

eeks after an intense, fast-moving windstorm – called a derecho – ripped through portions of the Rock Island District producing winds estimated at 140 miles per hour, the sound of chainsaws buzzing could still be heard in the streets of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

USACE Emergency Operations personnel meet with FEMA representatives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to discuss derecho recovery efforts across the state.

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