Disaster proclamation issued in Kossuth County

Storms knocked down power lines, damaged crops

ALGONA — The mayor of Algona has issued a disaster proclamation after strong storms moved through Kossuth County Tuesday, knocking down power lines and tearing the roof off a hog confinement, according to a press release from Kossuth County emergency management.

A line of storms moved through Kossuth County at about 3:45 p.m., triggering activation of a tornado warning, Kossuth County emergency management reported.

A trained storm spotter reported seeing a tornado touch down southwest of Hobarton.

Windows were shattered and crops were damaged, according to David Penton, Kossuth County emergency management coordinator.

No injuries have been reported.

The National Weather Service in Des Moines has not confirmed the tornado, but is reviewing pictures of the storm, according to Brooke Hagenhoff, a NWS meteorologist.

The storm system brought with it heavy rain that overloaded the storm sewer systems in multiple communities, according to officials.

About 2.06 inches of rain was dumped on the Algona area Tuesday through Wednesday morning, Hagenhoff reported.

At the request of the cities of Algona and Burt, Kossuth County emergency management is distributing flood cleanup buckets to assist residents with the water in their homes.

Lynn Kueck, the mayor of Algona, issued a local disaster proclamation Wednesday which will open the expenditure of emergency funds from all available sources, the invoking mutual aid agreements, and applying to the state of Iowa for assistance.

Kossuth County emergency management has requested the individual assistance grant program. The program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or a maximum annual income of $41,560 for a family of three.

Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food and temporary housing expenses.

Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available on the Iowa Department of Human Services website. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation to submit a claim.

Residents of counties impacted by the recent severe weather are asked to report damage to help local and state officials better understand the damage sustained.

Damage to property, roads, utilities and other storm-related information may be reported. This information will be collected by the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Kossuth County emergency management and shared with local emergency management agencies.

The city of Algona will be picking up debris and is asking citizens to pull all damaged material to the curbside for pick up on Monday. Residents are asked to separate out appliances and electronics. Any household chemicals should be taken to the Kossuth County transfer station directly.