Clarks Grove in Recovery Mode 3 Days After Tornado

March 09, 2017 08:02 PM

It’s been three days since an EF-1 tornado hit the town of Clarks Grove about 90 miles south of Minneapolis, and residents are still in the midst of cleaning up.

Across the street from the Clarks Grove fire station, the Thompson Sanitation building was destroyed.


The roof of the Hardware Hank behind the sanitation building is a twisted mess, and throughout neighborhoods in this town of more than 700, folks can be seen working on roofs, clearing trash and mulching fallen trees.

The state of Minnesota has gotten involved. Five volunteer building inspectors and code officials are now helping to identify homes that are too dangerous to enter or live in and evaluate overall damage.   

"In town here itself, about 51 homes and about 22 commercial structures have been damaged," said Rich Hall, emergency management director for Freeborn County. "And now we're looking at going back and putting that together and really try to paint a picture for the Governor’s office, so that if we're going to request public assistance they understand the full impact."

The state inspectors will also connect homeowners to any available assistance.

As Clarks Grove remains in recovery mode, the damage hasn't set well with some.

Said resident Connie Bergland: "It just makes me sick." 


Todd Wilson

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