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UPDATE: Clean Up, Repair and Recovery are now the Focus after Saturday's Severe Weather

June 10, 2018 10:25 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- UPDATE: Officials responding to the damages, power outage and flooding caused by Saturday's severe weather are now working on cleanup, repair and recovery efforts.

On Sunday, they made an announcement asking for volunteers to help clean up especially in and around the Rockford, IA area.  They said they need people with power, chainsaws, trailers and heavy lifting equipment. Volunteers must check in at the Rockford Fire Station.  Officials are also warning those who want to come to the area to sightsee.  They said they will turn away these people at the city limits.

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Because of Saturday's strong winds, half of the town is still without power.  There are more than 300 trees destroyed in the community.

Officials are also saying that the "National Weather Service has NOT determined the damage in Rockford was caused by a tornado."

A three-mile stretch of the Avenue of the Saints between mile marker 218 and 226 is still closed so Mid American Energy can make repairs to power lines. This section of the Avenue may be shut down until early next week. Traffic is being rerouted.

EARLIER REPORT:

Residents in our area experienced severe weather on Saturday. 

At 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, Floyd County officials announced they are shutting down a three-mile stretch of the Avenue of the Saints near mile marker 228. Officials said they closed the road to give Mid-American Energy crews the opportunity to repair power lines in the area. They are warning motorists that the road closure may last until early next week.  Traffic will be rerouted to the Old Highway Road and then reconnect to the Avenue at Exit 218.

Several viewers in Clarks Grove sent photos showing hail piling on the ground and porches.  In Northern Iowa, the National Weather Service in Des Moines has issued a Tornado Warning for Southwestern Worth County in north-central Iowa, Northeastern Hancock County in north central Iowa, and Northwestern Cerro Gordo County in north central Iowa.

There was a tornado that touched down near the Mason City Municipal Airport around 3:37 p.m.  National Weather Service said it was moving east at 20 mph.

Rains also impacted residents.  Flood Warning is in effect in several counties in our area including Cerro Gordo and Mitchell counties.

Floyd County Emergency Operations Center was open on Saturday. We spoke with officials on the phone and they are telling everyone to stay home and not travel.  Stay away from standing water and be extremely careful around downed power lines. 

They issued a no inbound traffic advisory to Rockford, IA.  They said some people were sightseeing and they were hindering cleanup efforts in the area.

ABC 6 News reporter Logan Reigstad was at Rockford Saturday afternoon and evening. He reported a lot of downed trees and power lines.  A pole fell on a concession stand at a baseball and softball field near the school there.  Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock Community School District Superintendent Keith Turner told Logan that this will affect the rest of the baseball and softball season, "It is very extensive especially to our baseball and softball fields. We have about a month of baseball softball left and a lot of ball to play. We may have to find a home because it doesn't appear that we will be able to play here. We lost some concession stands. We have some sizable issues to deal with."

Officials are also encouraging residents to take pictures of damages if there are any, and send it to them.

As of 8:00 pm, Saturday night, more than 200 customers are without power in Mason City and rural Floyd County near Rockford this evening. Charles City Police Department is encouraging residents to call their power company as they are receiving a lot of emergency calls.

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