On August 10, 2020, a derecho storm tore through eastern Iowa, destroying everything in its path. The storm caused intermittent straight-line winds in the 100-130 mph range with maximum estimated winds at 140 mph, which is comparable in strength to an F3 tornado or major hurricane. While derecho storm winds are commonly 10-20 minutes in duration, this storm had high winds that lasted upwards of 30-60 minutes, causing catastrophic damage and destruction to any buildings, vehicles, crops, trees, and power lines in its path.
The Cedar Rapids area, home to Involta’s headquarters, sustained some of the most intense storm damage, taking the brunt of the 140 mph winds. According to NOAA, an estimated 90% of structures in Cedar Rapids were damaged by the storm, and more than 1,000 homes were destroyed.
In the aftermath, both the local Involta team and employees from other markets did everything we could to support our customers and fellow Iowans during the cleanup and rebuilding efforts.