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A Derecho Rescue Story

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Courtesy of the Tunney Family
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Robert and Gavin Tunney were driving west on I-80 near Williamsburg Monday afternoon when the derecho storm hit. They came across an overturned semi-truck and felt prompted to help.

Robert and Gavin Tunney were driving west on I-80 near Williamsburg Monday afternoon when the derecho storm hit. They came across an overturned semi-truck and felt prompted to help. During this episode of River to River, we hear from Robert.

Cedar Rapids’ City Manager says damage from the derecho is worse than from the floods of 2008.

Many of us will carry memories of Monday’s massive windstorm for years to come. Stories of where you were when the storm hit, how you sheltered until it subsided, how many hours or days you were without power, how much food you had to throw away and how much you clean-up you faced. On this week's "Newsbuzz" edition of River to River, the show begins with a derecho rescue story from Robert Tunney.

Later on, Vanessa Miller of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Mark Emmert of the Des Moines Register and Iowa City Press-Citizen give us a look at higher education amid the pandemic. Miller details how Iowa colleges and universities have handled move-in day, and Emmert talks about the impact of the Big Ten conference electing to not play football this fall.

Our pandemic diary series continues with an update from Mike Paustian, IPR's Kate Payne gives you the latest from Gov. Reynolds press conference in Cedar Rapids, and IPR's Studio One host Mark Simmet grooves us into the weekend.

Guests:

  • Robert Tunney, resident of Winterset
  • Vanessa Miller, higher education reporter, The Gazette
  • Mark Emmert, reporter, Des Moines Register & Iowa City Press-Citizen
  • Mike Paustian, president, Iowa Pork Producers
  • Kate Payne, eastern Iowa reporter, IPR
  • Mark Simmet, host, IPR Studio One
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Rick Brewer is a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River