Authorities in Fayette County say there was probably a million dollars in damage in the area around Westgate, Iowa.
Storms damaged grain bins at Westgate Elevator in the small Fayette County town, and replacing two will probably cost $300,000 to $400,000.
Two of the bins were damaged beyond repair, but no crop was lost because the bins were empty. Daryl Ruff with Westgate Elevator says if the bins had been full of grain, the company may have been better off.
“We’ve got bins over here with grain in them and they were just fine,” Ruff said. “So the fact they were empty had something to do with it “
Within minutes of the storm passing, volunteers sprang into action to clean up debris and keep water from doing more damage.
That was also the case at dairy operation Top-Deck Holsteins. During the storm, a barn came down, trapping calves inside. Volunteers were able to rescue all but two of the calves. Jason Decker, one of the brothers who owns the operation, said he was especially grateful for all of the volunteers who showed up.
“They all just kind of showed up there have probably been 30 to 40 different people who showed up in the last 4 to 5 hours,” said Decker.
Volunteers said they were glad to help.
“It’s just a town of 200 people,” said volunteer Dale Martin Junior, “I went in for lunch and there were people showing up with tractors pulling trees out of random people’s yards.”
Fayette County Emergency Management Director did not have a damage total yet for all of the damage in the county.