Clean-Up Underway On Madison County Farm Hit By Weekend Tornado
Experts are saying that at least four tornadoes touched down in central Iowa late Saturday. In a report from Radio Iowa, the storm claimed seven lives and destroyed or damaged more than 50 homes.
One of the places that took a direct hit from the storm was a boutique flower farm in Madison County.
On Pepper Harrow Farm's Facebook page yesterday, the farm shared ways people can help them restore their operation after the storm. These include helping with cleanup, a Gofundme page, and donations of totes and tarps.
In a report from Local 5 News, Pepper Harrow Farm was filled with down trees and branches, and sheet metal hung from trees that were left standing. The storm destroyed three greenhouses, two barns, and a flower cottage on the property.
People in the community came together to help clean up the farm Sunday morning. According to THV 11, people helped by cleaning branches, piling debris, and picking nails out of the dirt.
The family says that it will take years to rebuild the farm but they are thankful that their home remained fairly untouched.
Tornadoes Damage was then Met by Snow
Meteorologist Chad Hahn with the National Weather Service spoke with Radio Iowa about the storm. He said that most of the areas that were hit by the tornados also got 4-5 inches of snow Sunday and Monday.
"Fortunately, we had three teams out yesterday and we got a good cross-section of the areas that were impacted," Hahn said. "Unlike the December 15th event where we had multiple tornadoes along the derecho line and the squall line that moved through the state, these were a little bit different in that they were consistent on the ground for a long time."
Hahn said that severe weather is common with seasonal changes, however, one on this scale is rare.
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