Cleanup continues in the Hardin County town of Eldora today after a Sunday morning storm left the town in tatters. Eldora city administrator Patrick Ian Rigg, says every part of the town was hit.
Ian Rigg says a combination of shear winds and large hail broke out many windows, with most properties sustaining some damage, from siding being ripped off homes and one large chimney on a building fell and took out half of the building.
The storm knocked down numerous trees and power lines leaving most resident without power after the storm. Ian Rigg says some 60 volunteers were working this morning to clean up. "Everywhere you look you see people hauling tree branches and uses chain saws to cut trees down, and it really seems like this whole town is in a clean up mode right now," he says. He says Alliant Energy crews have been trying to get the power lines back up.
Ian Rigg says the crews have worked through the night to get power restored, and some residents do have power, but there are others who still don’t have it. Alliant’s website said there were some 12-hundred people in the state still without power by mid morning. Ian Rigg says the heavy winds and hail did stretch beyond the city limits.
He says there was some "significant" crop damage and some of the properties outside Eldora were damaged too, but he can’t say how far the damage stretches beyond the city. Ian Rigg has been the Eldora city administrator for one year and says this is something that
he never imagined happening. The governor has declared Hardin County at state disaster area, and Ian Rigg says that will allow them to get some state help.
Ian Rigg says they’ve already gotten some help from the Iowa National Guard and right now are trying to get everything cleaned up and secure and then will try to see what they need to do to help residents recover. Other parts of the state also received damage from the storms that rolled through Sunday. Thousands were without power for a time in the Des Moines area.