Widespread Damage After Tornado Tears Through Clarks Grove

March 07, 2017 07:57 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) – On Tuesday, residents of Clarks Grove were cleaning up after a tornado swept through the town on Monday night.

"I was sitting there and it sounded like a freight train," said a resident describing the Monday storm.


Debris scattered the small city of Clarks Grove, many people could be seen picking through fallen tree limbs scattered in their backyard.

"That's where it snapped off at and that's where it landed right over there," said Peter Moore.

Chopper footage showed the extensive damage throughout town showing the roof of a fertilizer building completely ripped apart.

"Obviously we had a pretty intense and strong storm roll through Freeborn County," said Freeborn County Sheriff Kurt Freitag.

Sheriff Freitag said the first 911 call came in around 5:45 p.m. on Monday.

“With the hail and heavy rain that came along with this, it was just impossible for spotters to spot,” said Freeborn County Emergency Management Director Rich Hall.

Damage could be seen down Main Street in Clarks Grove to the town’s hardware store and bank. The nearby fire station was also declared uninhabitable.

“Engineers were here this morning, they wanted us out of here so we are getting everything out of here that we can. With the big winds coming they don’t want us in here because they are afraid the building will come down,” added Clarks Grove Mayor Bruce Hansen.

The tornado also picked up a mini storage garage.

“It hurts because I don’t know what’s gone,” said Donald Hanson.

The storm also picked up a tree and threw it on Moore’s work truck.

“Now we are looking at a new vehicle this one is probably not salvageable unless some great body man can call me right now and tell me they can fix this, I think we are looking at a new vehicle,” added Moore.

Sheriff Freitag says so far no one was injured from the storm, but at least ten people were not able to return to their home.


Karsen Forsman

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