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MN cleans up after twister

Saturday's tornado in Rogers, Minn., destroyed 17 homes and severely damaged 40 others on its deadly tear through the town.

BY HEATHER MOYER | ROGERS, Minn. | September 19, 2006

Saturday's tornado in Rogers, Minn., destroyed 17 homes and severely damaged 40 others on its deadly tear through the town.

The F2 twister killed a 10-year-old girl and injured six others in the northwest Minneapolis suburb. Preliminary damage estimates from the American Red Cross show that another 120 homes suffered some sort of structural damage and more than 260 were affected by the twister and power outages.

No tornado warning was issued and National Weather Service (NWS) officials are researching why the tornado did not appear on the radar before touching down at 10 p.m. A thunderstorm warning was in effect, though. F2 tornadoes have winds between 113 and 157 miles per hour.

The NWS said Saturday's tornado stayed on the ground for eight miles and was 100 yards wide at some points.

Counselors are on site at local schools to help children cope with the loss of the 10-year-old, said city officials.

Massive cleanup took place on Sunday and Monday, with the city and local response organizations reporting hundreds of volunteers on hand to help. Nechama Jewish Disaster Response called for volunteers and said 300 showed up on Sunday and another 500 joined in Monday.

The city reports that much of the major bulldozing and debris moving was completed by Monday's end. The debris will continue to be hauled away this week. The city's Web site posted this message early Tuesday:

"Due to the amazing response by volunteers and other governmental agencies, there is no need at this time for any volunteers to assist with the cleanup efforts. The City of Rogers, residents, Council, and staff are extremely grateful for the volunteers and assistance the City has received during this state of emergency."


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