Missouri Valley on an Uphill Comeback Trail

Harrison County, Iowa is on the uphill road to recovery in the wake of Tuesday severe weather. Missouri Valley was among the towns hit hard and many people are now in a waiting game on the comeback trail.

Just off I-29, an exit before Missouri Valley, you'll find Dan Hoyt's farmhouse. By the looks of things two days after the storm, there is plenty of clean-up ahead.

Dan’s thoughts about the storm are succinct: “What did I think? I think I'm glad we didn't blow away."

Hoyt's property stands nearly alone among 80 acres of prime farmland. In addition to taking severe hail damage to his siding, his two barns were also hit hard.

“We heard the freight train noise,” he said. “We never did see any rotation. We heard the freight train noise and then we decided to go into the tornado room."

Dan’s tornado room is a small box built of concrete inside Hoyt's home.

“We've got a steel door here. It hinges to the inside so that we can get out, hopefully, in the worst case scenario."

It protected the family. That was the first step. Some of the patchwork is done but now it's now a waiting game for insurance before permanent repairs can be made. And then there are the crowds of those in need.

Hoyt said, "I even called Pella about the windows just this morning and the date they gave me to come and inspect the broken windows was June the 16th, a week from this coming Monday."

Judy Holcombe, with Hoffman Agency in Missouri Valley, said, “It was a fast-moving storm and I think it scared a lot of people."

Judy is busy handling one of the worst storms of her two-decade career. Her advice to storm victims is to make temporary repairs to prevent further damage and be patient.

She said, “We just had a lot of phone calls. We just told everybody to buckle down and get through it, but the adjusters will be here, some are already in town and some people have already had contact."

Insurance agents like Holcombe are asking homeowners to make temporary repairs as best they can but getting a contractor out to their homes would be ideal.

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