(RNS) — Pam Schulz has never seen anything like it.
Just about every home in the Cedar Rapids area has been impacted by the storms that swept across the Midwest last week with hurricane-force winds, according to Schulz, the executive director of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, a congregation in Marion, Iowa, affiliated with Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ.
Some have trees downed in their lawns. Some have trees through their houses and on their cars.
Some, more than a week later, still don’t have electricity.
And unlike the flooding that swept Cedar Rapids about a decade ago, the damage is too widespread to escape.
“It’s going to be a long recovery,” Schulz said.
“When we had the flood here in 2008, most people who