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Re: Just in case you heard...

Understand St. Patrick's Church up their lost its roof, too.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Apr 14, 2006, at 11:58 AM, Melody wrote:

> This was definitely a case of we got very lucky as the multiple
> tornadoes all around missed our little town by literally just a hop,
> skip, and a jump. Neigbors out in the rest of the surrounding area
> weren't so lucky...although for the number of actual tornadoes that  
> were
> all on the ground moving around at the same time here--thought to  
> be in
> excess of 5 or more-- it is literally a miracle that there were so few
> injuries and only a couple of fatalities. We have an amazing warning
> system in this state and the radar technology these days saves  
> thousands
> of lives every year, I am sure. What we initially believed in the
> darkness after the storm to be relatively minor damage in Iowa City  
> sure
> turned out to be a whole lot worse as dawn came...the damage estimates
> to one residential area particularly hard hit is already in the
> multi-millions...unfortunately it is a part of the university town  
> where
> mostly students live so those poor young kids probably lost everything
> they own
> without the financial resources to really replace much of it. And  
> it is
> doubtful if the landlords will rebuild...that part of town holds  
> some of
> the most valuable real estate in the entire county for upscale
> developers to buy up and move in as it is centrally located to all of
> downtown Iowa City and therefore the University campus. Menards and
> Walmart both sustained massive damage but thank goodness no fatalities
> there. That area of town also is home to many of our car  
> dealerships and
> at least two of them were completely devastated. Another area of  
> severe
> damage though was along one of our major streets...Riverside drive,  
> just
> blocks from two major hospitals, both of which were mercifully spared
> and less than two blocks from my children's elementary school. But the
> entire county is in mourning over the loss of one of our most beloved
> businesses...the Riverside Dairy Queen is completely gone...a business
> that has been there for over 40 years and which practically
> everyone who lives here visits multiple times every year...it is truly
> one of those places that acts as a hub of a community and we can only
> hope that the owners will rebuild...what a task they and all the  
> others
> in their position have ahead of them.
> It is time like these that you get to understand how truly full of  
> blessings life is...
> BTW, for those of you of like mind: Peace to all of you on this most
> holy of solemn days, Good Friday, as we wait for the passion of our  
> Lord
> to end and for the anticipation of his resurrection soon to come. May
> your Easter be filled with all the blessings of our great and loving
> God.
> For the rest of ya:  Hope the Easter bunny is good to you!!  :-)
> Melody
> Hills, IA  zone 5
> Work for the Lord:  the pay isn't much but the retirement is out of  
> this world!
>  --- On Fri 04/14, Bonnie & Bill Morgan < wmorgan972@ameritech.net  
> > wrote:
> From: Bonnie & Bill Morgan [mailto: wmorgan972@ameritech.net]
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2006 10:13:45 -0400
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] Just in case you heard...
> I did see that on TV and was concerned as there was one fatality.
> Thanks<br>for easing my Iowa City looked like a mess after the
> touchdown. I<br>understand much of the phone and power is out in Iowa
> City. Did that affect<br>you? Do you know if residents got much of a
> warning? I'm so glad you<br>escaped the worst of that
> storm!<br><br>Blessings,<br>Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
> <br><br>-----Original Message-----<br>From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net
> [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf<br>Of Melody <br>Sent:
> Thursday, April 13, 2006 9:52 PM<br>To:  
> gardenchat@hort.net<br>Subject:
> [CHAT] Just in case you heard...<br><br>Dear friends: Having some
> weather problems here right now...just in case you<br>hear about a
> tornado in Hills, so far we' re doing fine. Will let you know<br>if
> problems happen but we deal with this weather here in Iowa every
> spring<br>so... looks like some minor damage just north of us in Iowa
> City...roof of<br>Menards collapsed, semi overturned, a couple of
> people injured. People on<br>the edge of our little town can see the
> action in Iowa City but so far<br>nothing here actually touched  
> down in
> Hills. Talk to you guys later.<br><br><br>Melody<br>Hills, IA zone
> 5<br><br>Work for the Lord: the pay isn't much but the retirement  
> is out
> of
> this<br>world! 
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