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Storm cleanup begins in Clermont

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Last night's storm ripped through eastern Iowa, leaving a mark on parts of Fayette County.

The town of Clermont was hit by the summer storm, leaving hundreds without power and with a lot to clean up. 

People in Clermont say last night's storm was quick and furious. Community members say within a half an hour after the storm, people started working together to clean up the destruction left in the town.

"We thought there was going to be something, but we didn't think it was going to be this bad," said Lois Miller, Clermont.

During the storm a tree snapped and landed on Lois and Willet Miller's home, they say it happened very quickly.

"We were in the living room watching the trees go back and forth and then we moved back to the kitchen and we thought, well we will go and eat supper...that's when the boom hit," described Miller.

The Miller's say they are amazed that the tree didn't break through their roof, and that the damage was worse.

Meanwhile, crews were also cleaning up at Skip-A-Way Campground and Resort. The campground's owner, Terri Baker says she was at the resort when the storm hit.

"The few that were here pulled up and we ran to the back porch and the doors opened and the life jackets started flying and hitting us," said Baker. "Behind us the trees were crackling and we just panicked and went into the laundry room and just stood there."

The storm snapped trees and power lines across the entire park. Baker says it was a quick and powerful storm.

"It just picked trees up and laid them over and it just ripped through," described Baker. "You didn't have time to run... I was afraid to get out of my truck to run 30 feet to the door, I wasn't sure if i could make it, it was that quick and furious."

At last check, the campground still does not have power. The Fayette County Emergency manager says 60 percent of Clermont is still without power, but she expects it to be on later tonight. Governor Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation for Fayette County and other areas across the state.

The Opera House in town does have power and people are welcome to go to cool off. The Red Cross is providing food and water at that location at 400 Mill Street.

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