The federal Disaster Recovery Center for Iowa victims of the August derecho will close Friday. FEMA opened the center in Bettendorf in August, then moved it to Davenport in September.  


FEMA's Disaster Recovery Center in Scott County will be open for an extra week to help people whose homes were damaged by the derecho in August. 

COVID & the Arts: Pandemic Reflections

Sep 22, 2020

With several crises occurring simultaneously, it’s obvious we’re living through some historic times. 

FEMA has opened a Disaster Recovery Center in Bettendorf to help Iowa residents whose homes were damaged by last month's derecho. 

Jessica Brooks / National Weather Service of the Quad Cities

Federal officials are encouraging derecho victims in Scott County to register for finanancial assistance. On Thursday, representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, will open a Disaster Recovery Center in Bettendorf. 

Thanks to the pandemic, a Quad Cities social service agency is even busier than it was before.

Steve Sinner

The 100-mile-per hour winds that pummeled the Quad-Cities on Aug. 10 produced more than power outages, downed trees, and other property damage. The fast- moving derecho gave wood artist Steve Sinner of Bettendorf an opportunity.  

Iowa farmers are facing falling corn prices, hurricane-level destruction, and the highest coronavirus transmission rates in the country. Former Secretary of Agriculture and Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack says it didn't have to be like this. 

Depending on where you live, cleanup following the derecho earlier this month is going to take a long time. Bettendorf expects to finish picking up downed tree limbs and branches within a couple of weeks, while other cities are predicting six weeks, or longer.

John Peters

It's been two weeks since hurricane-force winds swept through the region, destroying crops and taking out power lines. But even after power was restored, not every problem was solved when the lights came back on.