County Organizations Respond to Storm

A Thursday, July 19 storm took the roof off a storage shed and uprooted trees at Edmundson Golf Course and Edmundson Park area. The area was also without electricity for more than three hours. RD Keep photo.

July 19 will not be a day that is soon forgotten in Mahaska County. Tornadoes ravaged cities near Mahaska County and winds damaged properties in Oskaloosa, Fremont and spots in between. No injuries were reported in the county, but Pella, Bondurant and Marshalltown, locations that more severely damaged were not as lucky.

However, Mahaska County emergency services swung in to action assisting those communities. Some members of the New Sharon Fire Department responded to the Vermeer location on Friday while Oskaloosa firefighters manned the Pella fire station taking routine calls so the Pella Department could work the scene.

“I sent Josh (Stephens) to Pella and he sat in incident command,” said Mahaska Emergency Management Coordinator Jamey Robinson. “About four to six from New Sharon went to Pella and on Saturday another five or six worked with the Red Cross in Marshalltown.”

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