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Community rallying together after a tornado tore through a dairy farm


SIOUX COUNTY, Iowa (KDLT) - A northwest Iowa community is rallying together after a tornado tore through a dairy farm near Hopers, Iowa Sunday night.

While some livestock was lost during the storm, no people were hurt.

The tornado looked like something out of a hollywood blockbuster, but the damage done by the EF-1 will keep a northwest Iowa family busy for weeks.

Video was captured by the Sioux County Sheriff's Office as the storm moved closer to a dairy barn near Hospers.

The morning after the family who owns this barn got their first glimpse of the destruction.

Three dairy barns, one brand new were ripped apart by the tornado some parts of the roof were found three miles away.

And some of the cows were killed.

On the east side of the farmstead, a home covered in mud, a safe haven for Deb Davelaar's daughter, son-in-law, and four grandchildren.

"From what I understand is that they came back upstairs thinking o.k. it's past. But, they couldn't see out the widows because they were so covered with the mud and debris and then they could finally see out one window and from what i understand is from that direction they've seen a white funnel", said Devalaar.

The tornado caused $3 million dollars in damage according to an early estimate. and that means there's plenty of cleaning to do.

Friends and family from all over came to pitch in whether it was moving large pieces of metal debris or taking care of the cows that received the biggest spook of their lives the night before.

"I'm thankful we live in the area that we do because i don't know if people come together like they do around here or not but it was just amazing", said Davelaar.

The storm has passed and all are safe.

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