CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) – Linn County Public Health has been working with local nonprofits, and other community partners, to create a questionnaire to make requesting derecho assistance easier.
The survey was mainly created for those who live in rural areas of Linn County. People outside of the larger cities like Cedar Rapids and Marion, have different struggles and needs.
“Often times we overlook our rural communities. The level of need and the type of need is different sometimes than living within the city. So we really wanted to make sure we captured those rural needs as well,” Waypoint Director of Housing Services J’nae Peterman said.
The majority of requests have been about tree debris removal, but other services can be requested as well, such as mental health services, transportation assistance, and food needs.
“Any of those kind of social or human services needs is something that we are able