On August 10, 2020, a derecho hit much of central and eastern Iowa with straight line winds over 100 mph that were sustained for nearly 30 minutes in many locations. Crop damage was extensive across the state, and tree damage was catastrophic in the city of Marion.
Marion is a city of approximately 60,000 people in the Cedar Rapids metropolitan area and is known for its extensive city park system that aligns mainly with low-lying and drainage areas of the city. City streets, parks and natural conservation areas all had mature hardwood trees. Several estimates report that upwards of 90%+ of the urban tree canopy received some sort of damage during the derecho.
SDR was selected by the City of Marion for their debris collection and disposal efforts. SDR collected over 600,000 cubic yards of debris for this FEMA Public Assistance (PA) funded project.
Throughout this six-month debris collection and disposal project, SDR utilized: