Homeowners Weather Grundy County Storm

By Jill Kasparie, KCRG-TV9 News

REINBECK, Iowa — A calm Sunday quickly turned turbulent for a couple of homeowners in Grundy County.

Authorities said the brunt of the storm hit two homes just west of Reinbeck on U Avenue.

While no injuries were reported, many say the storm was quite the scene.

“It was just starting to form, go back up in the cloud, finally it came down and from my vantage where I was located at, I could see that it had hit some structure,” said Grundy County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Tim Wolthoff.

“I just heard on the news that there was one located by Morrison, and that's only about a mile away. So, I went out and looked out the garage door and it was just coming down right at me,” said Storm Victim Wally Stensland.

Stensland has lived at his home for decades. Now, his longtime home has some serious damage. The storm ripped off portions of his roof, blew in some windows and ripped down trees. Deputies, however, said Wally's neighbor's house was destroyed. Deputies said the storm blew in, and the couple who lived there was inside. Stensland said he checked on the neighbors when the storm was over.

“He was confined to a wheelchair, but he was on the couch there. And the whole roof and everything was all around the couch and he was just sitting there and not hurt at all,” Stensland said.

“He could not get up, couldn't go anywhere. He just said I rode it out, and he said the Lord was on his side. So, yeah, he was fortunate,” Chief Deputy Wolthoff said.

Hours after the storm the scene was much more quiet. Deputies cars are simply sitting on the roadway as lightning flickers in the background.

Now, the reality is setting in that this is the beginning of a long cleanup process.

“We still got a mess, but we'll get her,” Stensland said.

The Sheriff's Office is asking people to stay away from the area and not to drive by to see the damage.

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