Clean-up continues in northeast Iowa today after storms hit the area this morning. Bremer County Emergency Management Coordinator Kip Ladege says there’s widespread storm damage around Plainfield. Ladege says the main damage in the county is centered in and around Plainfield, with numerous trees down and trees on house and in yards.
Ladege says the wind did a lot of other damage too. He saw at least one building that was knocked down, the roof was blown off local convenience store, and that roof took out a bunch of power poles, knocking out electricity. The city now has generators going to keep the pumps at the water tower filed and lift stations working.
Ladege says it appears the damage was done by high winds, not a tornado. Ladege says he hasn’t noticed anything to indicate the rotation of a tornado, but there’s plenty of evidence of straight-line winds. A truck driver had his rig blown off U.S. Highway 218 near Plainfield.
The truck driver reported seeing the wind coming and try to pull off the road, but didn’t make it before his truck was blown over. The driver suffered minor injuries in the storm, but wasn’t hospitalized.