10 Years After Devastating Tornado, Stratford Remembers

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STRATFORD, Iowa -- Thursday marks ten years since 12 tornadoes ripped through central Iowa causing major damage in some communities and even claiming the life of one person.

The small town of Stratford was one of those hit by the storm, which left a path of destruction and one person dead.

According to the National Weather Service, the F-3 tornado touched down just before 5 p.m. It completely wrecked 27 houses and damaged a dozen more.

The aftermath took months to clean up.

An emergency responder on scene that day says it's something the town will never forget, "Seeing everyone lives destroyed.  The neatest thing about it was a small town pulled together...we had meals coming in as far as Waterloo.”

The town will hold a remembrance ceremony Thursday night. It's from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the high school.

Stratford wasn't the only central Iowa community hit by a tornado on November 12th, 2005. Woodward also suffered major damage with dozens of homes being destroyed or damaged. Damage was reported in Ames as well and football fans attending an Iowa State football game at Jack Trice Stadium were forced to take shelter because of the storm.


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