Iowa storms bring down power lines, trees, house destroyed

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A family whose Des Moines house was destroyed in the storms Saturday was out of town when a massive tree crushed the home.

Arian Hall-Barnard says she's counting her blessings.

"These two kids sit in that living room and play on the computer, watch TV. They would have been sitting there."

She says tells WHO Radio News their three dogs were inside, and her husband broke out the back window to get them out.

They're living in a local hotel room now, waiting for the insurance adjuster to decide if the house is a total loss.

Hall-Barnard says someone claiming to be her put up a fake GoFundMe account asking for donations. She says it's not her family, nor anyone they know.

Saturday's storms caused damage across the state as winds were reported at 60 and even 70 miles an hour.

Most reports are for trees and branches down, including in northern Iowa in the the Mason City area. In Central Iowa, damage is reported in Clive, Ankeny and Saylorville.

In Waukee a row of power poles was left leaning halfway to the ground.

The storms also brought heave rain--1.5 inches reported in Des Moines an inch-and-a-quarter. There are some two inch totals south and southeast of Des Moines.


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