Conference Disaster Response Ministers take action in the aftermath of Iowa Mother's Day storms

May 12, 2014








Severe storms raged across Iowa on May 11 in numerous bands, some in the afternoon and others later after dark.

Five tornadoes associated with the storms are being reported according to Iowa Conference Disaster Coordinator Rev. Catie Newman.

Two tornadoes touched down in Guthrie County in west central Iowa, one in Panora and another at nearby at Lake Panorama.

“There is a lot of damage to houses,” Rev. Newman said of the area. “Lots of wind, tree limbs and power lines down.”

Downed tree limbs and power lines are the case all across Iowa, she said.

Tornadoes were reported elsewhere in the state, in Donnellson in southeast Iowa’s Lee County and in the northwest Iowa town of Hospers in Sioux County.

Flash flooding has occurred in various spots across the state as well.

Rev. Newman and her husband John comprise the coordination team for the Conference’s Disaster Response ministry.

“Most of the damage is spotty,” Rev. Newman said. “Lots of wind issues, some hail and power outages.”

Currently the Disaster Response Ministry team is not planning for response to the aftermath of the May 11 storms.

“It appears that local resources will be able to handle it,” said Rev. Newman.

However they are still in the middle of collecting formation, she said, and that could change.

And, between the continued concern of flash flooding and more storms predicted throughout Monday, Rev. Newman was quick to caution members of the Conference to be prepared.

“A lot of Iowa is under watches all day and tonight,” she said. “We are encouraging people to be prepared.”

Report storm damage and assistance needs to or 712.899.4067.

Click HERE for the Conference Disaster Ministry page.