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Derecho Damage | by Phil Roeder
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Derecho Damage

Drove about 180 miles east from Des Moines to the family farm in Jackson County, Iowa over the weekend. There was visible damage from last week's huge storm (aka derecho) along every mile of the trip: downed power lines, flattened fields, damaged homes and businesses, fallen trees. This, for example, is a huge new grain bin at the River Valley Cooperative in Martelle - the tallest structure in this town of 250 people - which collapsed onto itself, spilling thousands of bushels of corn to the roadway. Outside of the Midwest this natural disaster, that has caused an untold amount of damage and left tens of thousands of people without power for days, has received very little attention.

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Taken on August 16, 2020