Storm Derecho Recently Occurred in Iowa

As the number one Missouri and Nebraska roofing company, Shamrock Roofing & Construction is pleased to open an office in Des Moines, Iowa to serve the community after the devastation that Storm Derecho caused coming through the state. Specializing in both residential and commercial roofing, Shamrock Roofing offers clients the following services:

  • New Roof and Re-Roof
  • Roof Maintenance
  • Roof Repairs
  • Flat Roof Repair
  • Roof Replacement
  • Roof Inspection
  • Roof Vents
  • Gutters
  • Sheet Metal

The move to open an office in Des Moines, Iowa to serve the community was a real blessing, as Storm Derecho, thundering through the Midwest on Aug. 10, left 800,000 people without power as it swept through Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

Storm Derecho certainly lived up to its storm classification. These are often described as inland hurricanes, a widespread, straight-line wind storm moving across a great distance. This storm is associated with a mesoscale convective system, a fast-moving group of severe thunderstorms. They can cause such havoc as flash floods, tornadoes, heavy rain, and hurricane-force winds.

As storm damage was so widespread and devastating, clean-up crews are struggling to make headway in getting things look normal again. It could take through September to get this Derecho’s damage cleaned up in the most devastated areas in the storm’s path.

President Trump is stepping in to assist in disaster relief, with a federal major disaster declaration being approved by President Trump on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020.

The storm, which ultimately had sustained winds of 140 MPH, devastated millions of acres of crops, knocking out trees, and severely damaging and ruining homes and businesses. In Iowa itself, a half-million residents lost power.

In terms of assistance, as long as the applicant’s insurance does not cover it, the federal individual assistance program would provide help in a number of ways, including:

  • Home repair and replacement
  • Damage to household essential items
  • Medical and dental expenses
  • Vehicle damage
  • Child care expenses
  • Hotel reimbursement
  • Temporary housing

In a disturbing twist to the story, it’s been determined a federal major disaster declaration approved Monday does not in fact include assistance for state residents, despite President Trump’s approval for state application in full. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds had requested $3.77 billion for agricultural and farm structure damage, $100 million for private utilities repair, and $82.7 million to cover the 8,273 homes destroyed or damaged. All were denied. FEMA and Governor Richards stated teams are still assessing damage to make determinations if the state may be eligible for more assistance.

If you need help or know someone who is waiting for assistance as a result of this storm, please do not hesitate to call us and we will help in any way we can!

Shamrock Roofing Iowa