‘It’s wonderful that everybody’s coming together’ - No injuries in Aurelia, IA as town assesses damage

Published: Dec. 16, 2021 at 5:38 PM CST
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AURELIA, Iowa (KTIV) - Some of the heaviest damage from Wednesday’s storms were reported in Cherokee County, Iowa. In Aurelia, there were no injuries reported, but there was plenty of damage

Volunteers were calling Aurelia City Hall, asking what they could do. Soon the Community Center filled almost instantly, stuffed with pizza, beef jerky and water.

And the food? It was needed. The streets of Aurelia were filled with downed trees, sheet metal and other debris.

“It’s wonderful that everybody’s coming together and finding a helping hand. People are working hard, we have other people out that are delivering food for those that aren’t stopping down,” said Roger Redding, a volunteer serving food at the center.

One family had their garage torn away by the first storm and ripped from its foundation in the ensuing winds.

“I honestly didn’t know what to think. I honestly kind of thought I was living in a dream kind of just living in Iowa. You wouldn’t expect anything like this in the month of December, you would be expecting the snowstorms,” said Cassidy Boom, a homeowner with a now-detached garage.

Aurelia’s police chief says even though no injuries have been reported from the storm, it will take some time for the community to fully rebuild. Train cars were toppled, a silo damaged and signage busted.

But for the Community Center, Redding said they would stay open “until people stop coming,”

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