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


Communities are picking up the pieces after inclement weather even tornadoes touched down in parts of Iowa Tuesday night. Pocahontas and Humboldt counties were among the hardest hit. On Wednesday morning, strangers gathered to help each other. More than a dozen volunteers gathered at Faith Community Church in Palmer. They are preparing meals and receiving donations of water and food for families affected by the tornado Tuesday night. The KCCI Storm Chaser was on the road Wednesday morning surveying the damage in rural communities near the town of Gilmore. A house on 300th Avenue was completely destroyed. The roof of the house was stripped and some furniture was knocked over. Across the street, several structures were damaged. A machine shed was ripped open by a pile of debris. A truck bed was also visibly crushed and damaged by a trailer. The family that owns the structure and friends have already begun cleanup efforts. Russell Weller is the senior pastor of Faith Community Church. He says the help will focus on assessing damage and helping families contact their insurance companies over the next few days. “We know a lot of these people and that’s key. You want to be there for them, to support them, whether people were literally there last night already trying to help put the pieces back together, to support these people that you know and love,” Weller said. Church members say they also count their blessings. Viewer Lori Janssen captured an image of the tornado which was right next to the church but left the structure undamaged. Weller says the goal is to eventually have volunteers to help with physical labor and help families clean up debris. Monetary donations are also accepted at Availa Bank in Pocahontas. If you would like to donate, mention the “Pocahontas County Disaster Relief Fund”. Meanwhile, the National Weather Service is conducting a storm survey today in Pocahontas and Humboldt counties.

Communities are picking up the pieces after inclement weather even tornadoes touched down in parts of Iowa Tuesday night. Pocahontas and Humboldt counties were among the hardest hit. On Wednesday morning, strangers gathered to help each other.

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

The KCCI Storm Chaser was on the road Wednesday morning surveying the damage in rural communities near the town of Gilmore. A house on 300th Avenue was completely destroyed. The roof of the house was stripped and some furniture was knocked over.

Across the street, several structures were damaged. A machine shed was ripped open by a pile of debris. A truck bed was also visibly crushed and damaged by a trailer. The family that owns the structure and friends have already begun cleanup efforts.

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

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

Church members say they also count their blessings. Viewer Lori Janssen captured an image of the tornado which was right next to the church but left the structure undamaged.

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

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

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

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