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High-velocity storm causes damage in county

A large tree was uprooted along Main Street in Adel during last Thursday’s storm. Allison McNeal, DCNBuy Photo
A large tree was uprooted along Main Street in Adel during last Thursday’s storm. Allison McNeal, DCN
The garage at Fusion Church in Adel was completely destroyed during last Thursday’s storm; however, a lone cross stood standing in the midst of rubble. Photo submitted
The garage at Fusion Church in Adel was completely destroyed during last Thursday’s storm; however, a lone cross stood standing in the midst of rubble. Photo submitted
A house in Grimes is completely covered with tree branches after last Thursday’s storm. Photo submitted
A house in Grimes is completely covered with tree branches after last Thursday’s storm. Photo submitted
A transformer, located north of Adel, was completely blown down. Jim Caufield, Perry Chief
A transformer, located north of Adel, was completely blown down. Jim Caufield, Perry Chief

A storm that lasted under an hour wreaked havoc on the majority of Dallas County last Thursday.

The storm system, which started around 3 p.m., seemed to come out of nowhere, but it came fast and hard as horizontal wind, rain, and hail fell from the sky.

The City of Adel received the majority of damage with winds reaching more than 70 mph causing trees and powerlines to be uprooted along the storm’s path.

Kip Overton, Adel Public Works Director, stated almost every home was covered in debris ranging from small tree branches to large ones-some even landing on top of roofs of houses.

Power was also out in parts of the city and was restored by noon on Saturday.

According to Overton, the wind damage brought about by the storm was the worst he has seen in his 28 years of working for the city.

“More branches were down during ice storm in 1993, but as far as wind damage goes, this is probably the worst I’ve seen,” he said.

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The City of Grimes received heavy damage including portions of James Street where downed powerlines and tree branches scattered lawns and roadways. Even South Prairie Elementary School in Grimes was hit hard by the storm, blowing a portion of the roof off. The kitchen, music room and portions of the cafeteria were deemed unusable and a temporary roof was placed over those portions. Classes resumed on the following Monday.

As of Friday, Sept. 20, the City of Grimes reported that James Street was re-opened and powerlines were repaired.

Storm debris clean-up will continue for the next two weeks.

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