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Mount Mercy University adjusts to fall semester shaped by the derecho, COVID-19 and its president resigning

Students and faculty at Mount Mercy University (MMU) in Cedar Rapids are adjusting to a new normal this fall semester. When students began their semester in early September — whether that was through online or hybrid instruction — the campus was already dealing the impacts of the Aug. 10 derecho and the COVID-19 pandemic. Two […]

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Derecho relief: Survey asks Linn County residents about their needs; FEMA is closing Cedar Rapids center

Linn County agencies have created a questionnaire to identify what residents still need in the aftermath of the Aug. 10 derecho. County residents impacted by the derecho are encouraged to complete the questionnaire. Linn County Public Health, HACAP and Waypoint partnered with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to create the assessment. The information provided […]

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Cortado: El duh-ray-CHO y los árboles caídos

Derecho es una palabra que en español tiene múltiples significados: «voy a estudiar la carrera de derecho»; «tengo derecho a salir a las calles a protestar»; «camino derecho al altar», etcétera. Pero en ningún diccionario de lengua española encontramos un significado de derecho asociado a la meteorología y a las tormentas de verano. Es en […]

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Barbecue to the rescue: Willie Fairley plans to feed derecho victims ‘until everyone’s back on their feet’

Willie Fairley’s phone has not stopped ringing. Fairley told Little Village he’s gotten calls from “all over the world” letting him know they appreciate the work he’s doing and asking how they can support him. Fairley, owner of Willie Ray’s Q Shack in Cedar Rapids, has been making hundreds of free meals for people impacted […]

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Letter to the editor: How to tackle a catastrophe

By Jenny Wagner, Cedar Rapids How to Tackle a Catastrophe – If you experienced the catastrophe firsthand, start drinking water immediately. Your body is going through a post-trauma response and may be in some shock. Begin hydration early. – Purchase batteries, flashlights, lighters, charcoal and lighter fluid (if you have a charcoal grill), propane (if […]

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Linn County residents impacted by derecho have until Sunday to apply for food assistance

Linn County residents impacted by the Aug. 10 derecho might be eligible for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, or D-SNAP. To be eligible, individuals must have been a resident of Linn County as of Aug. 10, meet the income limits and must have been “adversely affected by the derecho including destroyed/spoiled food.” Those already […]

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FEMA opens disaster recovery center in Cedar Rapids

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opened a disaster recovery center in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday. Individuals impacted by the Aug. 10 derecho can submit documents for their disaster assistance application at the site. The disaster recovery center is located at the parking lot between Kernels Stadium and Kingston Stadium, 950 Rockford Rd SW. People […]

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