What some say were straight-line winds and others say was a tornado did lots of damage yesterday afternoon in Muscatine. Some of the worst destruction was at Calvary Church and Krieger Collision Center, where there were unconfirmed reports that a seriously injured man had died. We spoke by phone with Mayor DeWayne Hopkins not long after the storm had passed.
According to city officials, major damage around town included significant tree damage, including in city parks. Some semi-trailers blew over and businesses damaged included Americinn; Menards and Caseys. City crews were out immediately and the Transfer Station will be open extra hours for dropping off storm debris. Residents can also take debris out to the curb and city crews will eventually get to it. Muscatine Art Center lost an old oak near the main entrance. A portion of the tree hit the roof and they lost a small chimney at the back of the house. Another tree fell near the music room, but it did not hit the building. The top half of an evergreen came down in the Japanese garden. Another tree from a neighbor's property came down on the Art Center’s maintenance building off of the Cedar Street parking lot. The Muscatine Fire Department has asked Emergency Management to work with MUSCOM to determine why the storm sirens were not triggered. Gov. Terry Branstad will tour Muscatine this morning with the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management director.
As reported here last week, the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry has selected Greg Jenkins as its new president and CEO. Jenkins told us what Muscatine assets he will be sharing with others.
Sports Spotlight Magazine is recognizing a Muscatine High senior as an Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Hy-Vee.. Derek Burkamper ended the week among the Class 4A leaders in many of the major pitching categories. He has allowed just three earned runs and given up only three walks in 41 2/3 innings pitched.