Newsmakers: The derecho, a year later

Much progress made since last year’s devastating storm, but much work remains

The sign for Welter’s Storage Equipment and Acme Tools on Blairs Ferry Road NE in Cedar Rapids is shown in August 2020, after it was twisted to the ground by the derecho. CREDIT RICHARD PRATT

AUG 9 Derecho. In a heartbeat Aug. 10, 2020, the word was transformed from an obscure meteorological reference to a terrifying, indelible memory many Eastern Iowans would prefer to forget. And while the deep emotional and physical wounds of last year’s catastrophic storm are increasingly healed and much progress made in repairing or replacing damaged […]

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