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Lee County suffers storm damage

LEE COUNTY, Ia. (WGEM) - The first sweep of severe storms that hit the Tri-States this week has already left some damage in its path.

Residents in Lee County are picking up some downed trees and even planning repairs to some buildings.

Emergency management officials say the the damage hasn't been too significant overall just yet, but everyone needs to be ready for the worst.

Concrete ripped from the ground, a hole right through the side of the building, and a chard electrical box is just some of the damage at the Lee County Conservation Office from Sunday night's storm.

Director Tom Buckley says despite the little visible damage on the outside of their building, the lightning strike caused serious interior damage including destroying their computers and possibly their entire electrical system.

"The lightning apparently hit the light post in the front yard and followed the electric line into the building," Buckley said.

Unfortunately, Buckley says this isn't the first time this has happened either.

 "This is the fifth time the building has been hit and not as severe as it was this time," Buckley said.

A few large trees were also struck throughout Keokuk including a large one on the 1300 block of Fulton Street.

Lee County Emergency Management Director Steve Cirrina says this could just be the beginning as storm season rolls in and it's important for everyone to always be aware of the weather.

"Pay attention to what's going on," Cirinna said. "Do you have a plan? Where do you go? Where do you meet your family?"

Cirinna says if your property does get damaged, it's important to tread carefully when assessing the destruction.

"You do like a first responder does," Cirinna said. "You kind of size up the situation. Is it a limb down? Is it a power line?"
Cirrina says if you have lines down or trees are blocking the road you should call 911 and not attempt to clean up the debris yourself.


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