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Spring Cleanup Underway | Derecho Recovery

Spring Cleanup Underway | Derecho Recovery

April 14, 2021

Sign up for CR News Now text and email alert systemRead more about the City’s ongoing debris collection efforts and spring clean-up activities following the August 10, 2020 derecho.


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A final collection of curb-side tree debris will be held this spring. Other spring activities will include final removals of street trees, additional park clean-up, tree re-planting along the right-of-way, and addressing any missed piles. Additional information on these efforts will be released at a later date.


  • Debris pickup: 319-286-5812 
  • Tree removals, replanting: 319-286-5566
Tree debris sits along the street awaiting collecton.

Tree Debris

The deadline to have all tree debris to the curb for free pickup by the City is Monday, April 19, 2021.   

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

Right-of-Way Stumps & Replanting

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


A broken fence is displaced, scattered by strong winds

Non-organic Debris Removal

Collection of inorganic debris from the storm is substantially completed. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Department Phone Numbers


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

  • PATCH Program - Housing Rehabilitation
    A donation-based program that assists homeowners with repairs or a gap loan for repairs. Supported by the City of Cedar Rapids, Linn County, and local nonprofits: 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 | Iowa Storm Help 319-432-9754 | 4001 1st Ave SE

City Services

News Conferences & Media Releases

Archival Derecho Information

Find archive information related to initial disaster recovery efforts.

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