December 16, 2021
“On August 10, 2020, a powerful derecho hit the city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, packing wind speeds of 140 mph and causing widespread devastation throughout the community. The unprecedented straight-line windstorm lasted approximately 45 minutes and damaged every corner of the 75 square-mile city—causing an estimated $60 million in damage. The derecho tore through Iowa’s second-largest city just 12 years after a devastating flood caused $11.3 million in damage to Cedar Rapids in 2008. Up to 100,000 trees were damaged or destroyed—representing more than 65 percent of the city’s tree canopy. Decades-old trees that once lined streets and yards were sheared off or completely uprooted, making many city streets impassable.” Click here to read RUNREADY’s article on how our Cat generators were crucial in keeping the hospital up and running.