Damages Tallied in the Wake of Storms

The damages are being tallied after a stormy night in the heartland. Heavy thunderstorms tumbled through Nebraska and Iowa, downing trees, knocking out power and damaging property.

Tree damage was evident in Crawford County, Iowa as a WOWT 6 News crew surveyed the landscape on Monday.

Crawford County Damage

The Denison area was one of the hardest hit spots in Iowa. Crawford County Emergency Management Director Gregory Miller says five travel trailers were overturned at Yellow Smoke Park. No injuries were reported.

Camper Al Knapp said, "It blew my camper off the jacks and slid into my pickup. We were one of the lucky ones."

Knapp, a former fire chief, could tell the skies were trouble and the shelter would be much safer than his camper at Yellow Smoke.

He told us, “The DNR came through and said a tornado was on its way.”

Less than a minute after the warning, “We could hear them going over – boom, boom, boom.”

Hours later, tow trucks were helping to flip campers right side up. A half-a-dozen at the campgrounds were in similar shape. Many of the others were pushed off their blocks.

Jeremy Stangl and his family left the campground for supper with a friend. Word spread fast that while they were away the normally peaceful place had taken a direct hit.

Stangl said, “Then we got word that there were campers tipped over. So we went back. There was a tree uprooted by ours and six or seven campers flipped over.”

Tree damage is widespread and the soaked earth offered no place for the falling water to go.

Stangl said, “We're up over 40-inches for the year. It's enough.”

One storm spotter injured in a lightning strike south of town was being treated at a Sioux City hospital Monday.

Miller said wind speeds were clocked at 70-miles-an-hour.

Emergency Management officials say a couple different farms north of town took direct hits. A number of out-buildings are no longer standing.

Denison and areas to the south saw flash flooding from heavy rain.

In Missouri Valley, residents needed to evacuate one neighborhood when a Boyer River levee was compromised.

About 70 people in the southeast corner of the city were asked to leave their homes around 7 o’clock Monday morning.

Mayor Clint Sargent said a shelter was set up but no one has made use of it.

The river is receding.

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