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Midwest derecho devastates thousands

derecho, Christian Aid Ministries

In August, a derecho blasted through the Midwest with winds of over 100 mph. The storm damaged buildings, uprooted trees, and downed power lines. Over a million people were without electricity, and over 10 million acres of crops received severe damage or destruction.

What is a derecho?

A derecho is a line of intense, widespread, and fast-moving windstorms that moves across a great distance.

Source: Oxford dictionaries

Iowa residents were amazed when a Rapid Response team showed up in Cedar Rapids to help clean up the area. Our team accomplished in a few hours what would have taken homeowners weeks to finish. One resident said, “This is beyond anything we can fathom. It’s just . . . spectacular.” Other homeowners wept tears of joy as they watched hardworking volunteers clean up the devastating mess.