Frytown Recovers From Weekend Storm
By Mark Carlson, Reporter
FRYTOWN, Iowa - Residents in Frytown are picking up the pieces after a weekend wind storm ripped through the tiny Johnson County community. The storm downed trees, ripped roofs off homes and businesses and nearly flattened a grain bin early Saturday afternoon.
"I saw a bunch of plywood in my yard, and I thought it ripped my roof off," said Phillip Emmert, who has lived in Frytown for three years. At least three tall trees in Emmert's front yard lost large limbs. A roof from a neighboring business also ended up in his front yard, and his truck was buried beneath timber. "I thought it was totaled, it's got some dings and dents, but it's a Ford, doing good."
The storm hit Frytown so fast that emergency warning sirens were not sounded until after it passed, Emmert said. This weekend much of the damage was cleaned up with more cleanup expected Monday.
"Our backyard neighbors had their new camper rolled and tossed," said Brad Miller, who has lived in Frytown for nearly a decade. "Peices were flying over our house."
The storm caused thousands of dollars in damage, but exact estimates wont be available until insurance agents begin assessing the damage on Monday.
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