Downtown Iowa City Sustains Heavy Damage

By Steve Nicoles, Iowa City Reporter


By Aaron Hepker

IOWA CITY - Burlington Street in downtown Iowa City has several blocks of the same thing, storm damage. That includes a car flipped upside down in the middle of an intersection. It took a bulldozer to move the car out of the road and on to the sidewalk. Dozens of people took pictures of that sight.

A block away, firefighters had to saw through a traffic signal. It took several minutes of sparks flying to break the light off at its base. The crowd of onlookers cheered when the light was severed. It's one of at least four or five signals that will need to be replaced.

And the destruction goes on and on.

One witness told KCRG-TV9 News, “We were kidding around before it happened - wouldn't it be fun to see a tornado. And before we know it, we're happy at first. Then we get scared. I think we should go downstairs."

Another said, “Happy Joe’s is gone. Gone. It smashed literally like a pancake."

"60 mile an hour winds, power lines down, trees crushed cars," another witness said.

Some of the crushed cars were parked in a parking ramp. Still, wood beams managed to smash through the windshields. This was all within two blocks of Burlington Street.

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