Mapleton Iowa Tornado
April 10, 2011 by staff
Mapleton Iowa Tornado, The western Iowa town of Mapleton has been hit hard by a tornado. Mapleton has about, 200 people and is located about miles southeast of Sioux City in Monona County, Illinois. Witnesses said the large tornado ran right through the city on Saturday night.
At this point, only minor injuries reported and so emergency crews know, no one has died. A KMTV Action 3 News crew on the scene said the city has serious damage. Several houses and buildings are destroyed and debris litters the main street of the city. Witnesses tell us they were terrified when the storm came through and are grateful they survived.
“It was huge, just huge,” said Thomas Mohrhauser, a lawyer who lives in the city. “It just kept getting bigger and bigger.”
Mohrhauser told the Associated Press that the tornado appeared in about a quarter of a mile wide when it cuts a path northwest through the city. Several downtown buildings were destroyed, a grain elevator was demolished, the roof was ripped from the high school and power lines were down throughout the city, he said.
For most of Saturday night, the authorities blocked access to Mapleton except for emergency equipment due to serious damage.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad issued a disaster proclamation for Monona County, allowing the state to spend money to respond to the storm.
Frank Boska, a Weather Service meteorologist in Johnston, said that another tornado touched down near the City of Sac County early but apparently it was the least harm.
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