UPDATE: FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will close in Linn County on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m.
A Disaster Recovery Center opened in Linn County in the parking lot between Cedar Rapids Kernels Stadium and Kingston Stadium at 950 Rockford Rd. SW, Cedar Rapids to give survivors options to submit documents for their disaster assistance application. FEMA has adapted to the realities of responding during the COVID-19 pandemic to serve Iowans while protecting their safety and that of FEMA employees.
The DRC will not operate in a traditional fashion. The center will offer drive-through service. Survivors are asked to stay in their vehicles when visiting.
FEMA highly encourages residents to register online or by phone before visiting the site.
You can register in any of the following ways:Read More
- Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
- Download the FEMA Mobile App for smartphones.
- Call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Central Time, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.
- For 711 or Video Relay Service, call 800-621-3362.
- For TTY, call 800-462-7585.
Here's what you need to know about the Disaster Recovery Center:Read More
- When you arrive at the DRC location, you will be asked if you have registered with FEMA. If yes, you will be directed to the appropriate lane based on your needs.
- If you have not registered with FEMA, representatives will direct you the correct lane and assist you.
- Many survivors who sustained damage from the derecho had homeowner’s insurance. You are encouraged to mail or fax your insurance documents to FEMA. It is not a mandatory step to visit a DRC in order to receive assistance. However, if you don’t have access to the internet or a fax machine, you can come to the recovery center and we will help you upload your documents to DisasterAssistance.gov.
- Information from the Small Business Administration will be on hand. To contact SBA, you can call 800-659-2955.
- The center is in the parking lot between Cedar Rapids Kernels Stadium and Kingston Stadium at 950 Rockford Rd. SW, Cedar Rapids. You should enter the parking lot from the corner of Veterans Memorial Drive and Kurt Warner Way.
- Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Central Time
- Closed Sundays
- The DRC will be closed Monday, September 7, 2020 in observance of Labor Day
- The DRC will be open for a limited time and staffed with FEMA personnel who can quickly answer questions about disaster assistance programs and scan documents.
- FEMA staff members will take the documents, scan them and return them to the applicants.
- No other assistance will be provided at this location.
- This location does not provide any assistance for lost food.
- All applicants and FEMA personnel will follow current state and local requirements to ensure everyone’s safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Applicants must wear face masks and remain in their cars as they hand their documents to FEMA personnel, who will also wear face masks (or other appropriate face covering) and protective equipment.
FEMA announced that additional federal disaster assistance is available to the state of Iowa as a result of severe storms on Aug. 10. The additional assistance authorizes federal funding to affected individuals in Linn County.
Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can begin applying for assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362).
Red Cross Emergency Financial Assistance Program
The American Red Cross will deliver emergency financial assistance to households whose residences sustained major damage or were destroyed. Qualified households will be eligible for $450 to support emergency needs. Funds will be made available using Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Read More
To complete applications, heads of household are encouraged to call 1-800-REDCROSS, and select prompt 4. The financial assistance application requires a valid text enabled phone number and/or an email address for processing.
Major damage is indicated by significant structural damage to a residence that requires extensive repairs. This may include substantial failure of the roof, walls or foundation. A residence that is destroyed is one that is a total loss or with damage so extensive that repair is not feasible.
To qualify for Red Cross immediate assistance, heads of household may be asked to verify their identity and residency. Documentation to validate identity can include U.S. or foreign passport, government issued driver’s license or ID, permanent resident card or consular identification. Documents to validate proof of residence can include a valid government issued driver’s license or ID, a deed, a mortgage statement, a lease or rental agreement on property letterhead signed by landlord, a monthly utility bill or bank statement, or an official document such as mail from a child’s school or vehicle insurance card, dated between July 11, 2020 and September 9, 2020.
All Red Cross services, including financial assistance, are free and available to whoever needs it, regardless of citizenship or residency status, nationality, race, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.
Regardless of whether a household qualifies for immediate financial assistance, other forms of Red Cross support are available for everyone affected. This support includes cleaning supplies, food, health and mental health support, spiritual care and more. To learn about other resources that may be available to assist households as a result of Iowa Derecho, call 2-1-1 or visit redcrossdisasterresources.auntbertha.com.
The Red Cross has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to fraud and will aggressively pursue fraudulent activities. If you are aware of fraud, please contact your local law enforcement or the Red Cross at firstname.lastname@example.org or through our toll-free Concern Connection Line at 1-888-309-9679.
For more information, please visit redcross.org/ia or call 1-800-REDCROSS.
United Way of East Central Iowa Disaster Recovery Fund
United Way of East Central Iowa (UWECI) has expanded its recovery fund to include recovery assistance following the devastating derecho storm that passed through East Central Iowa on Monday, August 10. UWECI’s Disaster Recovery Fund raises dollars in support of nonprofits’ increasing needs for our community members affected by the storm. Read More
The Disaster Recovery Fund will be used to address and support disaster recovery and relief efforts for individuals in our community through funding local nonprofits. Some examples of needs and services include feeding neighbors, unexpected childcare expenses, and additional aid and recovery efforts. All donated funds will be distributed back into the community with no percentage allocated toward administration.
UWECI is working with a broad network of nonprofit agencies throughout the area to determine the needs of those most impacted by the derecho. In the coming weeks, grants will be available to help organizations whose clients are impacted to help them meet their basic food, childcare, or housing needs. The fund will also address those unforeseen needs these vulnerable populations experience in the long-term.
Additionally, UWECI has activated a volunteer reception center to help with disaster aid and volunteer needs. Those interested in volunteering can visit uweci.org/volunteernow or call 224-406-1366 to get connected to opportunities.
For questions regarding the Disaster Recovery Fund or information on how to apply when funds are ready to be disseminated, please visit uweci.org/disasterfund. As a reminder, UWECI can only grant funds to 501(C)(3) organizations, not individuals. Additional information regarding any of UWECI’s services or programs will be posted to our website and social media handles as they are available.
Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans for Business and Residential
Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Iowa businesses and residents as a result of President Trump’s major disaster declaration. Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.Read More
211 General Assistance
Food, funding, and shelter Dial 2-1-1, text your zip code to 899211 or visit 211iowa.org
- Hiawatha: Hiawatha Community Center, 101 Emmons St., is available from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.
- Lisbon: Southeast Linn Community Center, 108 S. Washington St. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. (For Lisbon and Mount Vernon residents.)
- Marion: Marion Square, 1107 Seventh Ave. Donations can be dropped of from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Diapers, baby needs and other supplies available.
CommUnity Crisis Center & Food Pantry
Coralville Community Food Pantry
North Liberty Community Pantry
Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program
Disaster Case Management
Note: Make sure you’re keeping your receipts from disaster expenses (& pictures) for possible future assistance from feds.
If you are struggling and need to talk with someone.
Linn County Emergency Management Agency
Information on shelters, debris removal & what towns in Linn county are doing to respond to the storm needs.
Linn County Public Health
Information on burning, road closures, safety tips with generators and food.
Iowa Dept of Public Health
Disaster relief resources, including agriculture.
Iowa Department of Human Services
Disaster assistance programs, such as food assistance replacement.
Red Cross - Serving Iowa
Can provide temporary lodging and meals.
1-800-RED-CROSS and press 0 to speak with a representative
United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties
Their disaster resource page has updated information and resources for those impacted by the derecho storm in Johnson and Washington Counties.
City of Cedar Rapids
Updated information and resources for those impacted by the derecho storm in the City of Cedar Rapids.
Sign Up for Text Alerts
City of Iowa City
Updated information and resources for those impacted by the derecho storm in the City of Iowa City.
Iowa Derecho Storm Facebook Page
Over 18,000 citizens requesting and sharing recovery resources.
Free WiFi Locations
- Downtown Cedar Rapids
- McGrath Amphitheatre (475 1st St SW)
- NewBo City Market (1100 3rd St SE)
- Cedar Rapids ImOn Ice Arena (1100 Rockford Rd SW)
- Stoney Point YMCA (300 Stoney Pt Rd SW)
- Best Buy parking lot (4650 1st Ave NE)
- Mediacom Office (6300 Council Street NE)
- Hy-Vee (3600 Business Hwy 151, Marion)
- Craft Fitness/Graybill parking lot (205 Miller Rd, Hiawatha)
Electronic Device Charging & Internet Access Locations
Locations will open according to the schedule below until electrical power in Cedar Rapids has been restored:Read More
- U.S. Cellular Center Arena (370 1st Avenue NE)
Open Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Note: Please enter the arena off 1st Avenue near the 4th Street railroad tracks. Masks are required for everyone inside the arena and individual charging stations are social distanced.
- Downtown Public Library (450 5th Ave SE)
Open Saturday & Sunday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.Note: Connections will be available outside of the library's main entrance.
Access to Electricity for Medical Needs
The following locations are open for residents that need a place to go to charge medical equipment or need a day shelter. Please note that medical supplies are not available at these locations. Residents are asked to visit their medical care supply provider for new oxygen tanks, diabetic supplies, etc.
Cedar Rapids Locations
Stations to charge medical equipment will be available daily, beginning Friday, August 13, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the following locations:
- Downtown Library, 5th Avenue and 5th Street in the parking lot
- Twin Pines Golf Course parking lot
- Northwest Recreation Center parking lot
- Shores Event Center (Corner of F Avenue and 16th Street NE in the back parking lot)
Linn Country Locations Read More
Anderson Public Library - Center Point Community Room
720 Main St., Center Point, IA 52213
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Special Instructions: Social distancing – only outlets with red-covered plates have power
City of Hiawatha Community Center
101 Emmons St., Hiawatha, IA 52233
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
City of Palo Community Center
2800 Hollenbeck Rd., Palo, IA 52324
Hours of Operations: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
City of Robins Community Center
265 S.2nd St., Robins, IA 52328
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
City of Springville City Hall
304 Broadway St., Springville, IA 52336
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Coggon Old Fire Station
112 2nd St. South, Coggon, IA 52218
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Special Instructions: No Air Conditioning
Walford City Hall
120 5th St. N, Walford, IA 52351
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Special Instructions: Those needing access after hours, please call Walford City Hall at (319) 846-3103
For more information, contact:
Linn County Emergency Management Agency
Phone (224) 531-1807
Donate Your Dollars:
United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties has opened their local Community Disaster Relief Fund, which will distribute support for individuals and families in crisis. Donate here.
Dream City is in need of donations to fund providing food, supplies, and a safe space to vulnerable families in need. Donate here.
Coralville Community Food Pantry is coordinating meals for residents. Donate here.
Linn Community Food Bank is giving away bags of food, frozen meat and milk vouchers. Donate here.
Horizons Meals on Wheels for Linn County is coordinating meals for residents. Donate here.
City of Cedar Rapids Storm Damage Response
Updated City of Cedar Rapids Storm Response Resources Flyer
The City of Cedar Rapids continues to respond to the community's needs in the wake of the storm.
See all updated info here.
Power Outage Updates
MidAmerican Energy - Outage Map
Linn County REC | Outage Map
Alliant Energy - Outage Map
Safety Tips from Alliant Energy
- Don’t attempt to remove tree limbs stuck in or touching power lines – call Alliant Energy for assistance.
- Call a professional to trim trees near power lines.
- When tree trimming or removing branches – whether standing on the ground or using a ladder, pole or crane -- stay at least 10 feet away from any electric lines.
- Don’t let anyone climb trees near power lines.
- Keep children and pets away from utility equipment, including meters and transformers.
- Don’t go near downed power lines, especially if they are tangled in trees or other vegetation.
- Always assume a downed line is energized and dangerous, even if it's not jumping or sparking. If you see a downed line or damaged utility equipment, call Alliant Energy.
- Call 811 to locate underground utility lines before starting any project that requires digging. This would include digging to remove what is left from downed trees. It’s simple, free – and it’s the law.
Cable Outage Updates
City of Cedar Rapids Non-tree Storm Debris Removal - Starts Aug 31
We expect to start collecting non-tree-related storm debris the week of Monday, August 31. This has been delayed one week so that tree debris removal crews can continue their work. Items such as plastic storage sheds, children’s outside play buildings, roofing, shingles, glass, siding, and items damaged in the storm can be placed at the curb for collection, in separate piles from tree debris. Using Contractor assistance, crews will likely follow the snow prioritization routes and move their way through neighborhoods systematically. Crews will return in multiple waves until neighborhoods have been cleared of debris.
Linn County Solid Waste Agency
Beginning Monday, August 31, 2020, the Solid Waste Agency landfill location, 1954 County Home Road, Marion will be open 7:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday and 7:00am – 4:00pm Saturday, September 05. The Agency will be closed on Sunday, September 06 and Monday, September 07 for Labor Day.
The Resource Recovery building remains closed for recycling at this time. The overhead doors are inoperable and the fire suppression system is still down. Both are scheduled for repairs. The building will reopen as soon as it is safe to operate in.
The compost & yard waste location, 2250 A Street SW, Cedar Rapids will be open 8:00am – 4:00pm Monday – Friday and 8:00am – 2:00pm Saturday.
Unincorporated Organic Debris Removal
Linn County has contracted with a specialized natural disaster recovery company Ceres Environmental Services, Inc. to assist the County in collection and disposal of storm-generated organic debris in unincorporated Linn County. The County has identified four self-haul drop-off sites for rural residents to use to dispose of their organic storm debris, in addition to the two Solid Waste Agency locations. There is no charge to residents to drop off their organic storm debris at these four locations below. Details on the drop-off locations are as follows: Read More
STARTING TUESDAY, AUGUST 18:
Morgan Creek County Park
Enter from E Ave NW in Cedar Rapids
Monday – Friday
8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Mount Vernon Secondary Road Shop
788 Cedar River Road
Monday – Friday
6 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Whittier Secondary Road Shop
721 County Home Road
Monday – Friday
6 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
STARTING WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19:
Enter off Mount Vernon Road across from the Lighthouse and Edith Lucille’s
Monday – Friday
8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
The hours of operation will be expanded to include seven days a week once additional capacity is in place.
· The sites are for organic storm debris only (trees, brush, vegetation).
· These locations are self-haul, drop-off only. Staff is not available to help unload debris.
· Tie down or cover your loads to prevent debris from falling out during transport.
· Use caution around the heavy equipment at the drop-off sites.
In addition to the above locations, rural residents can dispose of tree debris at either Solid Waste Agency location, 1954 County Home Road, north of Marion, and 2250 A Street SW, Cedar Rapids. Regular hours of operation are in effect at both locations.
If assistance is needed for debris removal, homeowners are encouraged to contact local contractors. Be sure to get a quote for any contract work and do not pay up front for removal or repair services. Contact your insurance company for information regarding damage claims. Save all receipts in case the expenses are eligible for reimbursement from insurance or a disaster relief program.
Residents in unincorporated Linn County who are unable to dispose of their organic debris on their own may place it near their drive entrance for Linn County to remove. Debris placed for removal should not block the roadway or sight lines and must be accessible by road crews. When possible, cut tree limbs into 10 feet long sections.
The Secondary Road Department estimates the cleanup of tree damage in unincorporated Linn County to equal 8,000 dump truck loads of organic debris. This includes debris on private property in rural Linn County. Due to the volume of organic debris, the pick-up process could take several months.