More Than 100 Turn Out For Thurman Cleanup

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

Damage and destruction is what Thurman, Iowa looked like just one week ago after an EF2 tornado damaged homes, ripped shingles off roofs, and uprooted trees.

Saturday morning it was a very different scene as more than 100 volunteers come out for the last massive cleanup effort.

Sean Patrick came from Council Bluffs, for the second time since the tornado hit.

“These people feel like my family now. I sit down and talk with them, and eat lunch with them, and it's just a wonderful town,” says Patrick.

Volunteers helped pick up debris and cut down old trees, lending a hand wherever they could.

Rita Schachtner and her husband heard about the cleanup from their church near Mason City, IA and drove four hours so they could pitch in.

“They said Thurman was the place to be on Saturday,” says Schachtner. “I emailed my husband and said “Should we go?” “He said yes.”

All of the debris from Saturday’s cleanup will end up town's old gym from there it will all be separated. The wood will be taken to a local dump and the metal will be taken to a local plant, where it will be resold.

Profits will then go to Thurman’s Victim Fund.

Gerald Achenbach lost his garage, but not his spirit. He’s grateful for the help of strangers and his neighbors.

It’s just unbelievable the way the community has came together and stuck together.”

Thurman's mayor, Rod Umphreys, says 95% of the streets should be cleaned up by the end of the day on Saturday.

If you would like to help you can donate to the town’s Victim Fund at the First State Bank in Tabor.

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