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It’s been 30 days since the derecho, and one neighborhood says they’re slowly putting the pieces back together

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Teresa Dutton's home today
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Linwood Street 9/10/20
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Linwood Street 9/10/20

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) - In the month since the storm, the recent rainfall has posed another hardship on the folks who are still trying to repair and recover from the derecho.

Leaving its mark on communities, power lines were knocked down and there was extensive home damage everywhere. Today, one neighborhood is still picking up the pieces of the derecho. But resident Teresa Dutton considers it a night and day difference, since August 10th.

"A lot of progress has happened," Dutton said, "people are getting construction work done, roof work done."

From having no power or cell signal, it was almost impossible to navigate the roads. Dutton told "KWWL' it was as if a bomb went off in her neighborhood, knocking almost every tree down.

"We lost, I don't know how many thousands of trees, we had never had a storm like this go through Cedar Rapids," Dutton said

However, Dutton said since then her community has made some major strides and is slowly getting back to normal.

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"Physically it's evident everywhere," Dutton said, "people want to have this sense of readiness of not getting caught off guard again, which is good."

Regarding the progress, Dutton said she gives the credit to all the linemen, church groups, and out of town organizations. There's still a lot that needs to be done, but Dutton has faith they will lead to great things.

"The community came together, the whole state came together and this can only happen in Iowa."

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Alaina Kwan

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