Iowa governor issues disaster proclamation for Madison County in aftermath of tornado

(PHOTO: Governor Kim Reynolds' Facebook page)
Published: Mar. 6, 2022 at 12:55 PM CST
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MADISON COUNTY, Iowa. (WOWT) - Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation for Madison County overnight allowing state resources to be used to assist with response and recovery efforts.

The statement also said additional counties may be added to the proclamation.

“Our hearts go out to all those affected by the deadly storms that tore through our state today. Kevin and I join with Iowans in prayer for those that lost their lives and those injured. Our hearts ache during this time, but I know Iowans will step up and come together to help in this time of need—they already are.”

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds

In response to the tornado, relief teams with the Salvation Army will be giving out food and drinks to the community and first responders in Madison County Sunday.

According to the release, another Salvation Army team from the organization’s Western Divisional Headquarters in Omaha will give further support, assess damage, and call in additional units if needed.

Our canteen is out in Madison County bringing help and hope to those affected by the tornado.

Posted by The Salvation Army in Des Moines, Iowa on Sunday, March 6, 2022

“Disaster relief is at the heart of our mission to meet human needs anywhere, anytime,” said Maj. Greg Thompson, Western Divisional Commander. “Our teams are working hard to provide relief and support to the communities affected by these devastating storms.”

People can donate to the Salvation Army to help out the central Iowa community online.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources announced Sunday morning the Red Haw State Park is closed until further notice because of damage.

The release states the park is without power and is asking the community to stay away from the area so they can clean up debris and work on repairs.

Due to extensive damage from the storm on March 5th, Red Haw State Park in Chariton will be closed until further notice. Extensive damage was sustained to the campground, where there was one fatality and one injury. Additionally, there are significant damages to the beach area, including the boat docks, the Bait House, beach shelters and a storage building.

Iowa DNR press release

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