May 22, 2024 - News

Iowa rescue and recovery efforts at full hilt

A photo of tornado damage in Greenfield.

Residents and first responders go through damage from the tornado that tore through Greenfield Tuesday. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Search and rescue efforts continue following the deadly outbreak of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in Iowa Tuesday.

State of play: Four people were confirmed dead and at least 35 others were injured from a tornado in Greenfield that the National Weather Service has preliminarily listed as being at least an EF3, with winds up to 165 mph.

  • Johnston High School will resume classes Thursday after being closed Wednesday because of damage to windows and auxiliary buildings.
  • Segments of multiple DSM trails and George Flagg Parkway are closed due to flooding.

Zoom in: Multiple storm chasers captured footage of the tornado and the immediate aftermath in the Greenfield area.

By the numbers: As of Tuesday, at least 15 counties had received emergency proclamations, making residents eligible for up to $5,000 in state assistance.

What's next: Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday that the state will submit an expedited request for a presidential disaster declaration for additional federal assistance, WHO-13 reports.

Related: DSM's flood prevention projects


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