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Highway 1 Businesses Hit Hard By Storms

IOWA CITY - Fortunately, much of the damage in Iowa City is restricted to property. That's certainly the case at Wal-Mart and Menards, with most of the damage being to the exterior of the stores on Highway 1.

In the Wal-Mart parking lot, shopping carts were strewn about. The store manager also reported that their outdoor garden center was destroyed. In addition, pieces of black tarred roofing were torn off during the storm - mostly landing in the parking lot.

Damage at the Menards store was more obvious. The parking lot there is also littered with debris, and the main store sign was destroyed.

Luckily, the building remained pretty sound. Many people had been seeking shelter from the storm inside Menards. Several people said that as soon as they felt the wind inside the store itself, they knew the storm was bad and they needed to seek shelter.

Matt Ferlitsch rode out the storm in Menards. "The wind, like, was rushing through the store. They told us to get to the middle of the store so we went there. Pieces of roof that were getting ripped off. It just kind of happened really fast," he said.

Structurally, the Wal-Mart manager said his building is seeing a lot of leaks in the roof, and they will likely lose quite a bit of merchandise in the store from that.

Remarkably, both American flags at the Menards store were still flying high and mighty.

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