As you may have seen in the news several strong storms including at least eight confirmed tornados hit Northwest Iowa Friday evening, October 4, 2013
Ed Frank the Northwest District DRC is working on damage assessment and will advise of what is needed as soon as he can.
At This time, this is what I know:
A tornado was sighted on I-29 that hit farm land, several buildings, several homes and a dairy near Sloan, Iowa,
It moved onto to hit Bronson, Iowa with property damage reported including several homes destroyed
10 rural Homes Northeast of Climbing Hill and out buildings and crop land were hit
The town of Pierson has reported, 5 homes damaged by tornado
Other storm hit North of Anthon and damaged the Rock Branch church, the steeple was damaged and several nearby homes destroyed including the home of Pastor Cheryl Ashely (Correctionville)
Quimby and Washta also report storm damage to homes and trees and power lines down.
The Town of Alta reports a direct hit by a tornado and the High School and other buildings are damaged, trees and power lines down.
We have reports of the towns of Webb and Gillette Grove having Damage
The damage is widespread but not massive in any one location. Many reports of trees down and power lines down,
At this time I have no reports of personal injuries.
Many of these communities and surrounding communities had power outages until late into Friday evening.
Friends and neighbors have been responding with clean up, much of the initial cleanup is completed.
The Red Cross is housing several families in nearby Hotels
It appears at this time that local resources will be able to handle the damage. We will keep you updated, as possible.
If you have reports of other damage, please advise….Thanks
Storms can hit at any time of the year.
Catie and John Newman
IAUMC Disaster Response Coordinators