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Ernst: Derecho aftermath demands more national media attention


August 27, 2020

Derecho. A word you probably haven't heard often, and frankly haven't seen enough coverage of.

In Iowa, lives have been lost, farms upended, and communities ravaged at the hands of a derecho.

Cedar Rapids, our state's second largest city, is demolished. Communities and rural areas across Iowa have been devastated. Folks are without power, and have been for seven days.

I was on the ground with the National Guard in 2008 responding to the devastating floods, and folks, what I'm seeing now - it's worse. I think back to the media coverage those floods got, and I'd say it was pretty substantial...

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