Floyd County asking for large trailers, big machinery to help in cleanup effort

Help is needed in Floyd County to help haul trees and brush.

Posted: May 29, 2019 10:28 AM
Updated: May 29, 2019 6:56 PM

FLOYD COUNTY, Iowa - Help is needed in Floyd County to help haul trees and brush.

After Monday’s tornadoes, the county’s emergency management agency is asking for large trailers and big machinery to help with the cleanup effort.

“It's just the idea that you're not alone.”

George Cummins is volunteering his time, helping a friend whose home and trees were battered by the tornado in Wandering Acres, just north of Charles City.

“I guess we came out here to help. We go to the same church and that sort of thing, we’re good friends,” says Cummins.

In this part of town, you’re always within an ear shot of a chainsaw. There's lots of cutting happening, but not so much hauling. That's why Floyd County Emergency Management Director, Lezlie Weber, is calling for bigger equipment like skid loaders, trucks and trailers.

“The houses that have the most damage, they just need to get some of it hauled out some trees and the brush that's sitting there they need it hauled out so they can get the bigger trees down so they don't cause more damage in the future,” says Weber.

On Wednesday she was hoping to organize that effort but no one showed up, so there is still a need for that bigger equipment. The good news is volunteers were able to do a lot of manual labor on Tuesday.

“It was a quick response so that was really great to see a lot of it got already cleaned up.”

If you would like to help fill this void and volunteer a trailer please call 641-257-6144.

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