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'Blocks wiped out' in Iowa

Sheriff estimates 50% of town damaged or destroyed

MAPLETON, IA | April 10, 2011


"Not a grain bin is standing"

—Galen Bollig


Residents of this small western Iowa town were reeling Saturday nignt after a tornado devastated their community. "Not a grain bin is standing," Galen Bollig told the Sioux City Journal.

According to Monona County Sheriff Sgt. Roger Krohn, at least half the town has been damaged or destroyed. He estimated the tornado was nearly a mile wide as it swept throug the town of about 1,200 residents.

Students at the local high school had just begun performing "Saving the Wild, Wild West," when the choir director ran into the auditorim and yelled "Stop!" Students and members of the audience moved into underground locker rooms until the storm was over. When they came out they found part of the school's roof had collapsed and saw other damages.

Several local churches have announced they will meet Sunday morning to help their neighbors clean up.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad released an emergency proclamation Saturday night.


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