Weekend Storm Knocks Down Trees and Branches Across Ottumwa

By Jason Van Arkel, July 22, 2019

The severe weather that blew through Ottumwa Saturday evening sent both temperatures and tree limbs plummeting, but authorities say no serious damage has been reported.

The severe thunderstorm brought an abrupt end to the excessive heat in southeast Iowa, but that came at a price. Ottumwa Fire Chief Tony Miller told us that he saw tree damage “all over the city” on Sunday, including widespread damage at Greater Ottumwa Park. Trees and tree limbs were strewn across campsites and the playground.

Still, Miller said he had not seen any reports of any serious damage caused by falling trees or branches. Wapello County Sheriff Don Phillips echoed those comments, telling Ottumwa Radio News “basically we had some trees and branches down around the county, and some reports of power lost…but as bad as the storm was, (there were) no real serious reports.”

Alliant Energy reported that over 2,000 people lost power as a result of Saturday’s storm, and for some customers, electricity was not restored until Sunday. Trees were knocked down by the winds on both the north and south sides of the city, including multiple trees in the Ottumwa Cemetery. Fallen trees were also reported on Gara Street.


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