STORM DAMAGE: Trees, Homes Damaged

Much of Iowa experienced strong winds Sunday uprooting trees and causing damage to property.

A chainsaw was the tool of choice to clean up the damage at a rest area near Story City off I-35. Several large branches were snapped off by the force of the wind.

Utility crews were working to restore power on opposite sides of the state late Monday.

The storm knocked out power to more than 7,000 people near Davenport and about 6,000 near Council Bluffs.

It was also a busy day of water rescues in eastern Iowa for Cedar County authorities and homeowners.

Six to eight inches of rain fell in the town of Lowden overnight. That led to flash flooding Monday morning.

The town’s fire department was called out on three water rescues.

Homeowner Vickie Boettcher made a rescue of her own. She waded through the waters to save two pets from her flooded house.

Despite the damage, she says it could’ve been much worse.

“He’s okay. He’s wet and cold. At least nobody was hurt? Nobody was hurt, just a lot of damage,’ Boettcher recounted.

Cedar County officials are already seeking disaster assistance to help those affected by flooding.

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