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Aug 31, 2020 23 tweets 17 min read
🧵 I spent a couple days last week in Benton County, just west of Linn County, where people are still reeling from the #derecho.

If you thought Cedar Rapids was livid about lack of media coverage, let me tell you...I’m sorry I wasn’t there sooner.

#Iowahurricane Image Driving thru Benton County, in some areas it seemed nearly every farm was significantly damaged, horizon dotted by blue tarps, shattered trees, crumpled grain bins, flattened corn. And that’s after a solid two weeks of Herculean cleanup efforts.

#derecho2020 #iowahurricane Image
Aug 15, 2020 28 tweets 26 min read
People are hard at work repairing this apartment complex this morning after the #derecho.

I think this neighborhood is technically over the line in Marion city limits, but on the NE side of Cedar Rapids.

#IowaStorms ImageImageImage Lots of work to be done in Cedar Rapids and Marion. This is Amar Drive SE. #IowaDerecho #IowaStorms
Aug 13, 2020 19 tweets 18 min read
The North Dodge Hy-Vee in Iowa City is back in action, but still no power or fuel at the gas station next door. #iowa #derecho The perishable food at the 1st Ave Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids is pretty well picked over this morning, but they’re restocking. #IowaStorms #derecho
May 27, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
Stunning moment in today’s presser when @KimReynoldsIA and a top IDPH official said they’ll acknowledge outbreaks at meat packing plants in #Iowa when reporters ask about them, and won’t voluntarily post the info on a public website. Two new outbreaks in Western Iowa were confirmed yesterday only because @okayhenderson asked about it.

Today, in asking for confirmation of another potential outbreak in Buena Vista County, Henderson noted that the state had known about the other two outbreaks since May 11th.