THURMAN RECOVERY: Cleaning Up After Tornado

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Late Saturday afternoon a tornado struck the town of Thurman causing heavy damage to homes all through the town, and knocking power lines and trees onto almost every street in town.

Since Sunday, most of the downed trees and wires have been removed from streets and the city park. An Iowa DOT truck and several private contractors are still hauling away building debris.

City councilwoman Mary Kesterson says all the volunteers who came really touched the people of Thurman, “in a very big way.” She said one of the biggest helps was Home Depot of Council Bluffs, which came in without being asked, bringing rakes, plywood, bottled water, and chainsaws.  What’s more is they sent a group of employees who fanned out across the town to help where needed.

“They were our first responders, as far as supplies and stuff,” said Kesterson.

Some homes are destroyed, and will have to be rebuilt. Other home owners are still meeting with insurance adjusters to see if they can rebuild, or repair.

Either way there will be no federal help for the town so a relief fund for Thurman has been established at the First State Bank, 711 Main Street, Tabor, IA 51653.