Iowa National Guard takes 2 million lbs of storm debris out of Linn County


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa- The Iowa National Guard says nearly 200 Soldiers and Airmen hare helping clear debris in Linn County. Soldiers have removed nearly 2.25 million pounds of debris, in 35 truckloads. A dozen different military crews have cleared roughly 68 city blocks.

The 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 734th Regional Support Group and the 185th Air Refueling Wing deployed around 30 dump trucks and additional excavators, backhoes, skid loaders and chainsaws to the Cedar Rapids area on Aug. 14.

The Iowa National Guard reminds residents that to request support, Iowans are encouraged to reach out to their respective local emergency management coordinators. EMCs are working closely with the Department of Homeland Security and the Iowa National Guard to coordinate aid.

The Iowa National Guard also continues to support the state’s COVID-19 response efforts. Nearly 200 Soldiers and Airmen are on duty supporting Test Iowa sites and helping with with contact tracing.

(Photos from Iowa National Guard)