May 29, 2024 - News

1 update to go: Storm cleanup

A photo of tornado damage.

About 100 homes in northern Polk County, including this one near White Oak, were damaged by storms or tornadoes last week. Photo: Courtesy of Polk County government

Polk County government released drone footage of last week's storm and tornado damage near White Oak.

Why it matters: The video shows how intense damage was and will help ongoing assessment and cleanup efforts.

Zoom in: At least 91 properties were harmed, including 26 that were completely destroyed or had major damage, Cameron Stufflebeam, a program assistant for the Polk County Emergency Management Agency, tells Axios.

  • About a dozen metro communities now have debris management plans in place.

The big picture: Damage was more extensive west of the metro, most notably in Greenfield where more than 150 homes were affected.

The latest: Funeral service information was released for three of the four people killed in last week's EF-4 tornado in Greenfield, KCCI reports.

  • Meanwhile, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced he's sending eight public safety workers on a two-week mission to assist in Greenfield-area recovery efforts.
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