Iowa Tornado Damage Tops $6 Million

State and federal officials have released revised estimates on the damage done by last weekend's deadly tornado in northeastern Iowa.

Preliminary estimates now say that there was more than $6 million dollars in damage -- although that number is likely less than actual costs of repair.

The estimate is used to determine if the damages are high enough in specific counties to warrant the request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration.

The bulk of the damage -- more than $3 million dollars worth -- was done in Butler County.

The tornado that struck Sunday leveled half of Parkersburg and killed seven people.

An estimated 394 homes were destroyed and another 227 were damaged.

It was the strongest tornado to hit the state in 32 years.

President Bush and Governor Culver have issued disaster declarations for the area.


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