Optimism through Storm Damage


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BELMOND, IA – Officials and business owners were able to get a better look at the damage, and after their survey they say most of the is picked up, but they’re still a long way from getting life back to normal.

“We have no idea where we’re at. It’s all up in the air, we have a lot of questions. Hopefully in the next week or so we can answer some of those questions,” said Duwayne Abel, Owner of Cattleman’s Steaks and Provisions in Belmond.

The devastating tornado that ripped through the small stretch of road on Highway 69 left his business destroyed in a matter of minutes.

“I didn’t realize it until I looked at the stop sign and looked north and it was just like I was looking into a bubble and it was quite direct and kind of pinpoint situation. It wasn’t that wide of a path but it was very devastating,” said Abel.

Despite the damage and destruction, Duwayne says he couldn’t be more thankful of the support of all those who helped and volunteered.

“We’ve been fortunate a lot of people from the community have reached out to help clean up a lot of the outside damage. All the trees that were down and limbs. All the debris was taken care of by a group of wonderful people,” said Abel.

It’s this community involvement that Belmond Mayor Alan Mattison says is a staple of his town.

“I was really proud of how everybody stepped up. Everybody did their job like they were trained to do. I was very proud of them and first of all happy that it was as contained like it was,” said Mattison.

Duwayne believes his faith will get him through this.

“I just thank the lord that things worked out as they did. Obviously not because the building was hit but because no body was in the building at the time,” Abel.

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