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Iowa strangers come together to help families affected by tornado in Pocahontas County

Iowa strangers come together to help families affected by tornado in Pocahontas County


Communities are picking up the pieces after severe weather, even tornadoes touched down in parts of Iowa Tuesday night. Pocahontas and Humboldt counties were among the hardest hit. On Wednesday morning, strangers came together to help one another. More than a dozen volunteers gathered at Faith Community Church in Palmer. They’re preparing meals and taking in water and food donations for families affected by the tornado Tuesday night.The KCCI Storm Chaser was on the road Wednesday morning taking a look at damage in rural communities near Gilmore city. A home on 300th Avenue was completely destroyed. The roof of the home was stripped and some furniture is tossed over. Across the street, multiple structures were damaged. A machine shed was ripped apart with a pile of debris. A truck bed was also visibly crushed and damaged by a trailer. The family that owns the structure and friends are already starting clean-up efforts. Russell Weller is the lead pastor of Faith Community Church. He says the help will be focused on assessing damage and helping families contact their insurance companies over the next few days.”We know a lot of these individuals and that’s key. You want to be there for them, support them, whether it’s people that were literally there last night already trying to help pick up the pieces, to support these people that you know and love,” Weller said. Church members say they’re also counting their blessings. Viewer Lori Janssen captured an image of the tornado that was right next to the church but left the structure without damage. Weller says the goal is to eventually have volunteers help with physical labor and help families clean up debris. Monetary donations are also accepted at Availa Bank in Pocahontas. If you’d like to donate, mention the “Pocahontas County Disaster Relief Fund”.Meanwhile, the National Weather Service is conducting storm survey today in Pocahontas and Humboldt counties.Related:

Communities are picking up the pieces after severe weather, even tornadoes touched down in parts of Iowa Tuesday night. Pocahontas and Humboldt counties were among the hardest hit. On Wednesday morning, strangers came together to help one another.

More than a dozen volunteers gathered at Faith Community Church in Palmer. They’re preparing meals and taking in water and food donations for families affected by the tornado Tuesday night.

The KCCI Storm Chaser was on the road Wednesday morning taking a look at damage in rural communities near Gilmore city. A home on 300th Avenue was completely destroyed. The roof of the home was stripped and some furniture is tossed over.

Across the street, multiple structures were damaged. A machine shed was ripped apart with a pile of debris. A truck bed was also visibly crushed and damaged by a trailer. The family that owns the structure and friends are already starting clean-up efforts.

Russell Weller is the lead pastor of Faith Community Church. He says the help will be focused on assessing damage and helping families contact their insurance companies over the next few days.

“We know a lot of these individuals and that’s key. You want to be there for them, support them, whether it’s people that were literally there last night already trying to help pick up the pieces, to support these people that you know and love,” Weller said.

Church members say they’re also counting their blessings. Viewer Lori Janssen captured an image of the tornado that was right next to the church but left the structure without damage.

Weller says the goal is to eventually have volunteers help with physical labor and help families clean up debris.

Monetary donations are also accepted at Availa Bank in Pocahontas. If you’d like to donate, mention the “Pocahontas County Disaster Relief Fund”.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service is conducting storm survey today in Pocahontas and Humboldt counties.

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