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Dysart storm clean up continues despite heat

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DYSART (KWWL) -

Hot days can be especially tough on people working outdoors.  But in rural Dysart, a lot of storm damage clean up is still being done, despite the heat.

Driving around rural Dysart, you'll spot a lot of farms with piles of mangled metal.  It is debris still left behind from the massive wind storms that pummeled the area just over a week ago. 

Barry Ewoldt's home was damaged in the storm, so were his corn crops.  And that's just the beginning.

"We were completely wiped out:  every machine shed that we've had, 12 to 13 grain bins are gone.  Some of them flew two and three miles away.  And we've been dealing with cleaning all that material out of the fields," said Ewoldt.

At another nearby farm, large grain bins that once sat on concrete stands now lay in a pile of debris.  A-Line Iron and Metals of Waterloo has set up a temporary shop to Ewoldt's farm in rural Dysart.  The company has experience in disaster relief, and is glad to help farmers dispose of their storm debris. 

"In 2008, we helped out with the Parkersburg tornado, helped get that city back on its feet.  And I just felt like I needed to be out here and help these people out as well," said Kyle Stone with A-Line.

It is tough work, made even more exhausting by the extreme heat this week.

"Luckily, I've got some of the greatest help a person could ask for.  We just keep plenty of water and take lots of breaks and keep moving.  My guys are working 12-14 hours a day, and we'll just keep on doing what we're doing here," Stone said.

A-Line is going to some farms and removing the debris, while in other cases, farmers are hauling it to the scrap site themselves.  The company is able to lift large piece of the debris and crush them into compact piles.  A hauler donated by Warren Transport of Waterloo makes it easy to carry those piles away.  And all the metal will eventually be recycled and sold for scrap.

Already, it's estimated that 200 tons of mangled, twisted metal from the storms has been hauled away from about 10 rural Dysart farms.  And there's still a lot more work left to be done.

Much more debris has to be removed, and some homes need to be re-built.  But the community is getting the job done, one piece at a time.

If you have a property near Dysart and need assistance with debris removal, you can call A-Line at (319) 269-9174.

Meanwhile, the impact of the storms also continues to be felt in nearby Vinton.  Officials have rescheduled the city's car cruise.  The drive, which was set to start this Saturday, has been moved to August 13 to allow the town time to recover.

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