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Cleanup and Repair Oak Hill Cemetery

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Iowa’s strongest recorded derecho storm hit the city of Cedar Rapids on August 10th with powerful peak wind speeds reaching over 100 mph. The resulting damage left Oak Hill Cemetery in a scene of emotional and tragic disarray. Throughout the storm over 154 trees across Oak Hill’s 34 acres of land were severely damaged, 2/3 of which are either fully or mostly swept to the ground. Many of these trees landed on, knocked over, or shattered headstones, some of which are nearly two hundred years old.

With the majority of Oak Hill’s grave sites being older and donations barely trickling in, Oak Hill’s financial board lacks the funds to even attempt to start cleaning up the unforeseen damages, but rather relies on community volunteers, many of which lack the appropriate equipment and education to be able to safely remove dangling tree branches and blown over trees, without further damaging more headstones. Instead, much of the work at Oak Hill must be left for professional tree crews with the appropriate equipment and experienced workers.

All funds raised from this fundraiser will go directly towards, and only towards Oak Hill Cemetery’s cleanup efforts and removal of damaged or fallen trees, the reconstruction of Oak Hill’s crucial maintenance buildings which have temporarily been replaced by a storage container, and the planting of new trees.
Written By: Tanner Schoulte

Organized By: Tanner Schoulte and Mark Goedken MD

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Mark Goedken
Cedar Rapids, IA
Tanner Schoulte
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