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Morning Mess in Tama County


The scene Monday morning in Dysart and Clutier was described by many as a war zone after a powerful storm ripped through the towns.

In Dysart the town co-op was destroyed, power lines were knocked down covering streets and trees snapped in half making it hard to get around. Even hard to get out of the house.

"We have trees falling barely missing our vehicles. I am trapped in my house. I can only walk around," said Josh Pauling of Dysart.

"We went into our bathroom and our house was creaking so bad so I said we can't stay in this bathroom because we don't know what could happen so we ran over to our neighbors house and got into their basement," said McKaila Dolleslager of Dysart.

Down the road to Clutier farms were destroyed, corn stalks flattened and farmers frantically trying to round up their livestock.

But once you get into town...

"I got down in the basement and after it was all over I stepped outside and trees were down everywhere. Power lines and the fire station here is down," said Justin Coshow of Clutier.

Mailboxes were flipped off their stands but that doesn't matter because no mail will be going out, as the post office was destroyed too.

The Clutier Fire Station was also destroyed. Fire fighters worked all morning to try to get everything they could out of the mess that once was the station.

"The trucks are all inside there underneath the roof. The roof collapsed on them and so I think they are destroyed too. We are not sure the extent because we are just starting and waiting for an excavator to come in and pull up the roof," said Ardene Cross, Clutier Mayor.

In the meantime La Porte City fire fighters showed up to lend a hand.

The storm came and went within minutes, but as for now and the days to come both Dysart and Clutier say they are strong enough to recover.


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