We Survived the Derecho, Our Homes Did, Too.

September 02, 2020

A picture is worth a thousand words.  In this case, the 5 pictures above are priceless.  Strip mall nearby? Leveled.  Apartments 1000 feet away? Obliterated.  Commercial property across from Summit View? Entire side blew off. 

Manufactured homes?  Still standing strong.

On August 10, 2020, a derecho storm blew from Nebraska to Indiana.  We hadn’t even heard of a derecho until Cedar Rapids, Iowa caught the brunt of the 50 mile wide storm with 140mph wind gusts lasting 45 minutes. Derecho is Spanish for “straight ahead”.  It’s not a tornado, it’s actually an inland hurricane.

While Hames residents waited out the storm in our 5 community storm shelters, part of the roof flew  off the 2 year old addition to our brick Grand View Community office.

After the storm, we toured our three manufactured home communities Grand View, Summit View and West Park Village.  Thankfully, no one was injured or worse.  All homes had sustained a least a little damage –shingles, siding, and skirting. Some had more damage. Tree damage was extensive.  Only three homes out of our 950 households were total losses.

Manufactured homes are installed according to stringent state and national building codes.  You never realize or appreciate the manufactured home construction and installation standards until you’re hit by hurricane force winds.  We’ve got proof – they’re effective.

If the fear of a “trailer” blowing away has kept you from considering buying a manufactured home, visit us at Hames Homes 5410 Wabash St. SW, Cedar Rapids.  Our neighborhoods are beautiful and our homes speak for themselves.

We have new and used, single and double-wide, manufactured and mobile homes for sale.  Visit us online on contact Curtis or Clint at (319) 377-4863 and let us show you the manufactured housing lifestyle.


The Glubka's
on 10/13/20
Thank you for having such high standards to provide a beautiful and safe community to live in. We felt so lucky and blessed to have been here during that storm as compared to so many other devastated areas in Linn County.

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