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Officials identify 6 killed in Madison County tornado outbreak – KCCI Des Moines

Officials identify 6 killed in Madison County tornado outbreak

tough morning tough night. I just had the opportunity earlier this morning to receive a briefing on what took place last night and then we had the opportunity to tour some of the destruction and damage as a result of the storms that passed through last night. Um devastating. I was just, it was unimaginable destruction that we were able to witness on the brief tour that we just went through our hearts and our prayers go out to the families who lost loved ones and those who were impacted by the storm. I actually had the opportunity to speak with a few family members who had lost loved ones as well as to talk to a family whose homes have been impacted by the tornado. I just want to take a moment and you know, they’re just trying to comprehend and and just figure out what next steps look like and what they do next. But I want to just take a moment and talk about uh, the local response, the emergency manager Delio incident commander fire chief, Mcdonald their team and their leadership to step in and respond in a timely manner that they did. And it was evident with the briefing and with the tour that we were able to go on. And I also want to talk about what we see in Iowa anytime we have a natural disaster like this. And that is the unbelievable coordination between the local and the state uh, Iowa state Patrol D. C. I. D. O. T. The county, the county crews, the thirteen’s general corral, red red Cross Salvation Army and the other emergency managers that were here from other counties that immediately show up to step up and do whatever they can to aid assistance is remarkable to me. I have received a personal call from secretary Secretary Americus this morning. He wanted to let me know that his team stood ready to help in any way that they could. He had already reached out to fema Region seven administrator spillers connected with them and with director Benson on our team to let them know if there’s anything that they can do. They stand ready. And lastly before I turn it over to the emergency manager, seO is just too talk about the number of volunteers that I saw 200-300 Iowans, not only from Madison County and Winterset but from communities and towns all across the state that we’re on the ground the minute it was light and they could start helping and it’s just unbelievable. I tried to walk through and thank them for being there and over and over. The response was we’re islands and that’s what we do. We show up. We take care of our family. We take care of our neighbors and we take care of our community. And there was over 200 people at three of the stops that I made. They were grilling hamburgers. They were hauling debris. They were given hugs. I had, You handed me a gift card for $500 from an anonymous donor that gave me pet me hand to one of the families who had had their place impacted. So, um, I’m just, I’m proud of Iowans and the way that they always step up and respond and I’m so proud of the local leaders and the coordination that takes place every time we have an emergency, a disaster like this. And so with that I want to turn it over to the emergency manager deal and he’s going to give you more details on on the storm and where they’re at today. Mhm. Thank you. Governor Reynolds. Of course. I want to start by thanking everyone for the outpouring of support for the winter said Community Madison County emergency management teams, Gmt fire and law enforcement officers. Across our state. I’ve been ready and willing to assist our community. The last 12 hours have been some of the most difficult times of our committee has faced were strong, committed to coming together in times of need. The national Weather service determined tornado that tore through our community is estimated to be an E. F. Three With wind speeds between 136 miles, 165 mph and approximately 52 damaged or destroyed homes in the path of a tornado that spanned over 13.7 miles. This time we have six confirmed fatalities with three different residents. The names of the victims are Melissa Baizley, 63 Rodney Clark, Cecilia Lloyd, 72 Michael Bolgar, 37 and Kenley Bolger five and Owen Vogeler too. We also have six victims still being treated for their injuries. Community in the american Red Cross Madison County have mercy shelter set up at Newbridge Church in Winterset for anyone needing assistance. Governor Reynolds has issued a disaster proclamation from Madison County to allow the use of state resources for our county Harvard road from Pamela Park. The trail to who I once you’ve seen it remains closed at this time as we work to clean up debris were requesting the public to avoid a pack of disaster areas, allow emergency responders and volunteers to work. If you’re looking to help volunteer cleanup efforts, Please contact Madison County Chairman of Congress at (515) 46-1185 me question marks. Those who died were unable to get any big shelter or were they, can you describe what happened there or do you know what? So we’re right now, we’re not, we’re not discussing that this morning this time. Can you describe the response last night and how you managed to get down that narrow roads bridges, what it was like? Yeah. So, um, the response, once that once the tornado hit hit the ground, we already have people crews that are out there and Operation Operation Sky warn. So we already had people out and about the roads are pretty, pretty small. Um, and the trees were down just plain degree, but despite that we still got our vehicles through a very small gap and this again, this is with debris and trees and everything around just to go out there and start the search and rescue and to get people that were affected out of there. So I mean I cannot express the heroism of the first responders that were out there last night from across the state that worked tirelessly to make sure that every single person that we thought we was missing was accounted for and work to really make sure that we can get up this morning and the exact same thing again. So there’s a lot of heroism, a lot of stories that you probably will never hear but a lot of people did a lot of great things last night to ensure that people felt safe in the community and also be able to recover those who were deceased. How’s that for you or the a New Year All International Weather service mentioned some of the delays and portion. Have you been made aware of those legs? Yes, thank you fix the system, you know, so you know, for for us but we don’t I don’t hope of a delay for any weather warnings prior to this event coming in. I know from my my agency in my office we said about three or four notifications even when that’s right old warning came through. He sent on a quick alert and when the Because of Operation Sky one and was about to hit the ground to get the sirens. So I mean, me personally, I think our warning system worked really well. I mean obviously everyone recovers in different ways but we did our best to make sure everyone was aware of what was going on for the before this farm in abstraction as far as well. Dr someone who has seen, I’m sure sites for tomatoes and can you put this in perspective what you know, what you saw? Well, it’s hard to put into words, but I truly believe that’s why it’s so important to be on site. You know, you want to balance not getting in the way because there were so many people, they’re trying to clean up and get them the resources that they needed and to try to secure their shelters if they’re either there or someplace else. But it’s so important to be on site and to actually witness the destruction and the devastation because there really aren’t words and the same thing happened when we toured with the ratio you needed to be there to see what families were dealing with the amount of debris that slept. And just to reassure them that you know, it’s not just words. If you need something, let us know and that’s the reason we’re here to I was able to give a verbal disaster declaration last night and that immediately they asked. It comes from the locals. But that frees up state resources to get on the ground and help clearing some of the debris. So are we first responders can get in there and do what they need to do to get hopefully rescue people and what they need. So it’s it’s always I felt very, very important to get to get on the ground and to see firsthand. Yeah, We’ll take one last question. He talked about last night. Obviously, people are willing talk about the of years search and rescue and telling people wait until it’s light out. Yes. So especially Carver road is a pretty small road. Um, so as first responders are going there obviously will want to go and help out. So we told people to stay away from that area. Now, today, as we’re talking, people are out there picking up debris using chainsaws because they wanted to help. So, we had so many volunteers come in. We actually have a new shifts. Right? So yesterday it was really hard today. We did our we had to do and now they’re able to go out there and help. And it’s been it’s been beautiful. I mean, I can’t express that because boost boost bus because as the governor mentioned, everyone went out there. It’s just wants to help, right? Just want to help and want to work and and and get back to where it needs to be. So, um, are volunteers? People have volunteered. I have done a tremendous job and we are very grateful this community to have that. Oh, yeah. So yeah, to limit traffic to carver, we actually have a school bus. What is this school bus? So the school busses picking them up and then they’re taking them up there and then taking them back. So it’s, you know, it’s it’s a camaraderie thing you think about it because everyone on the bus, they are able to talk, you know, so we’re still trying to we’re as we’re trying to recover also building relationships as well. Right, That will last for a very long time. But again, I can’t express enough from the, from the Madison County Winterset Community will gratefully offer everyone that’s come down to help us out and brought resources. So. So, thank you very much. Thank you everybody. Thank you.

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Officials identify 6 killed in Madison County tornado outbreak

After severe weather on Saturday and multiple tornadoes, there have been reports of damage and multiple confirmed deaths in the state.The National Weather Service estimates that an EF3 tornado with wind speeds between 136 miles per hour and 165 miles per hour tore through the county. Madison County officials said there are six confirmed deaths in the county. On Sunday, emergency managers identified the victims as 63-year-old Melissa Bazley, 64-year-old Rodney Clark, 72-year-old Cecilia Lloyd, 37-year-old Michael Bolger 5-year-old Kenley Bolger and 2-year-old Owen Bolger. County officials said the deaths came from three different households.The Madison County Sheriff tells KCCI that Melissa Bazley was the grandmother of the two children killed in the tornado. Michael Bolger was the father of the two children. The grandfather and the children’s mother are being treated for injuries. Two other children in the house survived. All eight people in the house were found in the pantry toward the center of the house as there was no basement. The sheriff told KCCI that the children came from Missouri to visit their grandparents.Emergency managers said six people are being treated for injuries in the tornado outbreak.The Red Cross has set up an emergency shelter at a New Bridge Church. Carver Road to Highway 92 is closed. County officials ask that people stay away from the damage areas.Disaster proclamation:Gov. Kim Reynolds has issued a disaster proclamation for Madison County.The governor’s proclamation allows for state resources to help with response and recovery efforts. Additional counties may be added to the proclamation. Residents can report damage to HomelandSecurity.Iowa.gov.She also released a statement Saturday night saying quote: “Our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected by today’s tragic storms that ripped through our state.”Reynolds toured the damage Sunday and described it as “just unbelievable.”Madison County donation information:The Greater Madison County Community Foundation (GMCCF) has established the Disaster Recovery Fund (DRF) to support those negatively impacted by the tornado that struck Madison County on March 5. The DRF provides an opportunity for the public to give with the reassurance their donations will be used to quickly move resources to where they are most needed and to adapt to evolving needs. The flexibility of the fund will ensure that the county will be able to respond to needs that are not being met by existing non-profit, local, state and federal programs.The Community Foundation’s Advisory Board has committed an immediate $2,000 matched by $2,000 from Madison County Development Group to the DRF. To join us in giving to support our county through these uncertain times, visit www.desmoinesfoundation.org/givemadisoncountyor mail a contribution to 1217 N. Sixth Ave. Suite 3, Winterset, IA 50273.KCCI viewers captured video of several tornadoes here.Madison County emergency officials provide update: KCCI tornado outbreak coverage:

After severe weather on Saturday and multiple tornadoes, there have been reports of damage and multiple confirmed deaths in the state.

The National Weather Service estimates that an EF3 tornado with wind speeds between 136 miles per hour and 165 miles per hour tore through the county.

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Madison County officials said there are six confirmed deaths in the county. On Sunday, emergency managers identified the victims as 63-year-old Melissa Bazley, 64-year-old Rodney Clark, 72-year-old Cecilia Lloyd, 37-year-old Michael Bolger 5-year-old Kenley Bolger and 2-year-old Owen Bolger. County officials said the deaths came from three different households.

The Madison County Sheriff tells KCCI that Melissa Bazley was the grandmother of the two children killed in the tornado. Michael Bolger was the father of the two children. The grandfather and the children’s mother are being treated for injuries. Two other children in the house survived. All eight people in the house were found in the pantry toward the center of the house as there was no basement. The sheriff told KCCI that the children came from Missouri to visit their grandparents.

Emergency managers said six people are being treated for injuries in the tornado outbreak.

The Red Cross has set up an emergency shelter at a New Bridge Church. Carver Road to Highway 92 is closed. County officials ask that people stay away from the damage areas.

Disaster proclamation:

Gov. Kim Reynolds has issued a disaster proclamation for Madison County.

The governor’s proclamation allows for state resources to help with response and recovery efforts. Additional counties may be added to the proclamation.

Residents can report damage to HomelandSecurity.Iowa.gov.

She also released a statement Saturday night saying quote: “Our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected by today’s tragic storms that ripped through our state.”

Reynolds toured the damage Sunday and described it as “just unbelievable.”

Madison County donation information:

The Greater Madison County Community Foundation (GMCCF) has established the Disaster Recovery Fund (DRF) to support those negatively impacted by the tornado that struck Madison County on March 5. The DRF provides an opportunity for the public to give with the reassurance their donations will be used to quickly move resources to where they are most needed and to adapt to evolving needs. The flexibility of the fund will ensure that the county will be able to respond to needs that are not being met by existing non-profit, local, state and federal programs.

The Community Foundation’s Advisory Board has committed an immediate $2,000 matched by $2,000 from Madison County Development Group to the DRF. To join us in giving to support our county through these uncertain times, visit www.desmoinesfoundation.org/givemadisoncountyor mail a contribution to 1217 N. Sixth Ave. Suite 3, Winterset, IA 50273.

KCCI viewers captured video of several tornadoes here.

Madison County emergency officials provide update:

KCCI tornado outbreak coverage:

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