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Derecho Information

Derecho Information

July 12, 2021

Curbside tree and storm debris collection is completed. Tree replantings are underway. In the ten months since the derecho, the City has removed approximately four million cubic yards of tree debris, a free service to residents following the devastating tree loss and tree damage experienced throughout the entire community.

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Recent Updates

July 12, 2021 — The City’s curbside tree debris collection program ended in early July 2021. Lingering debris is not allowed to remain permanently at the curb and is now subject to the City's Chapter 22 – Nuisances ordinance. The City of Cedar Rapids Solid Waste & Recycling division will utilize the nuisance abatement process to address reports of lingering derecho tree debris. To report a concern or with questions about this process, contact the division at 319-286-5897 or solid-waste-recycling@cedar-rapids.org.

A tree grinder tears away at tree debris along the street.

Underway: Right-of-Way Stumps & Replanting

Information on street tree removals, stumps, and replanting in the City's right-of-way.


Tree debris sits along the street awaiting collecton.

Completed: Tree Debris Removal

Neighborhood collection is complete. Learn about property owners' responsibilities and find resources for those in need to connect with additional help. 

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A broken fence is displaced, scattered by strong winds

Completed: Non-organic Debris Removal

Cubside collection is complete. Find additional resources for disposal of nonorganic debris. 

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Information on this Page

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Frequently Asked Questions

Department, Division Phone Numbers

  • Utilities, Solid Waste & Recycling | Tree debris nuisance abatement: 319-286-5897
  • Parks & Recreation | Stump grinding, right-of-way replanting: 319-286-5747
  • Building Services | Building permits: 319-286-5831
  • Public Works, Right-of-Way | Right-of-way permits: 319-286-5777


There are a variety of volunteer opportunities for residents who wish to assist with derecho-related cleanup efforts, including organized neighborhood clean-ups, golf course and parks cleanup. Visit the City’s Municipal Volunteer Program (MVP) page for details.

Planting / Mulch / Compost

Community Resources

  • Community Resources Remain Available for Derecho Assistance
  • PATCH Program - Housing Rehabilitation
    A donation-based program that assists homeowners with repairs or a gap loan for repairs: http://www.ecicog.org/patch.html
  • Tree Removal Assistance
    For tree removal needs on private property, the City is collaborating with United Way of East Central Iowa and Waypoint to match resident needs to volunteer groups with the appropriate skills. Please contact Waypoint at 319-366-7999 for additional information.
  • Other derecho recovery needs | Contact HACAP (319-739-0056)
  • Crisis Hotline | Contact Foundation 2 to speak to a trained counselor (319-362-2174)
  • Business Resources | View Online | Courtesy Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
  • FEMA Individual Assistance | View Details
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans for Business & Residential | Flyer: english | español
  • Linn County | Storm Response
  • Linn County Solid Waste Agency | Debris Disposal
  • Business Storm Loss Complete Questionnaire
  • Community Resource | Together We Achieve | 319-432-9754 | 1150 27th Ave SW

City Services

Private Utility Resources

Media Releases & News Conferences

Archival Derecho Information

Find archive information related to initial disaster recovery efforts.

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