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‘We’re here now’ – Iowa governor, National Guard arrive in Cedar Rapids on Friday

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Reynolds in Cedar Rapids


"What I have seen this past week since the storm, is something I haven't seen in the state of Iowa before. The last time I saw this was back in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina."

Ben Corell, Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KTIV) -- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has announced the state will be applying for a major disaster declaration following Monday's devastating derecho.

Tens of thousands of residents in eastern Iowa are entering their fifth day without power following the a storm that spanned 770 miles across the state.

The governor says Alliant Energy customers are expected to have power back by Tuesday, with MidAmerican Energy customers having power restored by this weekend.

Right now, 100 members of the Iowa National Guard are in hard-hit Cedar Rapids to help clear debris.

"I want Cedar Rapids, and Linn County, and all of those that have been impacted by this natural disaster to know that the state of Iowa stands with you," said Reynolds.

Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management says it's providing shelf-stable meals and power generators to those in need.


'We're here now' - Iowa governor, National Guard arrives in Cedar Rapids on FridayFor the latest:

Posted by KTIV News 4 on Friday, August 14, 2020

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is held a news conference Friday at noon.

The news conference took place in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The city experienced extensive storm damage earlier this week with thousands of people still without power.

KTIV App Users: To watch the news conference on, click here.

City officials said starting Aug. 14 the National Guard will be in Linn County to help residents of Cedar Rapids and Linn County with the storm damage.

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