Storm Hits Bouton With Little Warning

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BOUTON, Iowa — Damage from the overnight storm stretched into Dallas County. The community of Bouton is cleaning up from the fast-moving storm that hit with little warning.

“It came very fast and it rained very hard for a few minutes, then just kind of stopped,” said Bouton Fire Chief Brian Sondgeroth.

Up to 70 mph winds came with the heavy rain around 3:45 a.m.

“It just roared through here. I just kind of hit the floor because I didn’t know what else to do,” Chuck Yanders said.

Uprooted and splintered trees litter both sides of Bouton. Most of the falling debris missed homes in town, but a few branches knocked down power lines.

“My door swung open and stuff was flying across the yard, pieces of my shed flying. It was almost like it was a mini tornado,” James Harris said.

No one was hurt.

Sondgeroth says many of the people slept through the storm. Those awake at the time never heard the outdoor warning sirens. Dallas County dispatch says there often isn’t enough time to trigger them. The sirens need to activated on site in Bouton or by police in nearby Perry.

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