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UPDATE: Confirmed tornado in Walford Sunday morning

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UPDATE: The National Weather Service says an EF2 tornado went through Walford Sunday morning with winds at 115 mph. 


What used to be a house is no more. Damaging winds caused a two story house in Walford to collapse.

A family of four including two young kids, running to escape -- but one of them got trapped inside.

"The homeowner in the residence that collapsed, was caught in the debris in the residence. As I understand it, his wife and their children were able to escape the home before it collapsed,"said Brian Gardner, sheriff of Linn County.

A family member says it was like something punched the house, then five seconds later -- it was gone.

Everyone suffered minor injuries.

Now their belongings are scattered everywhere...kids toys...a bed...even the washer and dryer.

Most of the destruction from the storm caused on Erusha Drive. About another dozen homes were also damaged. "Whatever the storm was, it kinda hopped across the roadway from one side of Walford to the other," Gardner said.

And now, it's operation clean-up. The National Guard is clearing away debris and downed trees.

It's also a community effort. "It's all about a community joining together and helping each other out. As you saw out front, everybody's pitching in," said Tim Vaske of Walford.

Many people say it could've been worse. All the damage can  be replaced.

As for the family members in the collapsed house, they were treated at the hospital.

Three of them will be  staying overnight.



A strong storm early Sunday caused a house to collapse in Walford, trapping a man inside.

Multiple agencies responded to a report of a roof torn off a house at 220 Erusha Drive in Walford around 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Upon arrival, they found that the house had completely collapsed.

27-year-old Brett Gioimo was trapped under the rubble of the fallen house.

Fairfax and Cedar Rapids fire departments were able to free Gioimo from the debris after a period of time. He was transported to Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids for what were believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

Also in the house at the time it collapsed was 28-year-old Ashlee Shill and two children ages 3 and 4 years old. Shill and the children were able to get out of the house on their own. They were also treated at Mercy Hospital for what were believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

There were numerous other houses damaged in this area, some extensively. There are no other injuries reported as of this time.

The American Red Cross was contacted and did respond to assist victims in the area of this incident.

The weather related incident remains under investigation by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office and Fairfax Fire Department.

KWWL's Shirley Descorbeth contributed to this story.

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