Iowa Task Force One works to secure partially collapsed Davenport apartment

Iowa's Task Force One based in Cedar Rapids conducted that final search of the building last night and has now transitioned to recovery mode.
Published: Jun. 2, 2023 at 10:00 AM CDT
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KCRG) - Davenport city officials said they have now brought in specialized teams to search the rubble and secure the building so it doesn’t fall down on top of them.

Iowa Task Force One, has two groups, one based in Cedar Rapids and one based in Sioux City. Both are in Davenport, with just under 50 people. That includes cadaver dogs to help find people buried.

Their search teams went inside the building overnight. Flashlights could be seen from outside the building as crews searched and then marked rooms to clear them. Officials say they were able to successfully add support to interior and exterior walls which allows them to begin conducting operations directly in the debris area from Sunday’s collapse.

They’re now working to secure the building for control and recovery.


City officials named the three people still unaccounted for after the collapse. The city 42-year-old Branden Colvin, 51-year-old Ryan Hitchcock and 60-year-old Daniel Prien “have a high probability of being home at the time of the collapse.” Their apartments were in the collapsed zone.

A video was released showing the nine minutes before the collapse, including the initial moments of collapse. The owner of the video said it ends seconds after the collapse started because electricity was being cut to the building.

City officials named those unaccounted for as Brandon Colvin, Ryan Hitchcock and Daniel Prien.
City officials named those unaccounted for as Brandon Colvin, Ryan Hitchcock and Daniel Prien.(CITY OF DAVENPORT)