1956 Duff Avenue Flooding
Tribune photos published August 13, 1956
Cars splash through the turbulent waters waiting to be taken off by the overflowing sewers at Sixth and Duff Sunday. Unofficial weather gauges in that area recorded 1.4 inches of rain near the intersection. The Ames Bandshell can be seen behind the trees.
|General rainfall blanketed
Story County Sunday afternoon bringing the heaviest rainfalls recorded
in a year. At two downtown locations 1.3 inches and 1.4 inches were
recorded. Meanwhile, the official station at the Iowa State College
Agronomy Farm recorded only .6 of an inch.
South of Story City, a farm gauge at the Art Hovick farm recorded 1.7 inches and southeast of Nevada, Leonard Dueland said his gauge recorded 1.6 inches. In Nevada, Jim Christy reports his home gauge read 1.3 inches while the official gauge at Zearing registered 1.05 inches.
At Slater, the amount totaled 1.01 of an inch. Lloyd Dove, city civil engineer reported no storm damage in Ames other than the blocked up sewers.
|A tornado, second to
hit Iowa in eight days, slashed through farm areas from New Sharon in Mahaska
County east to the Deep River in Poweshiek County Sunday. In related
storms that swept across the state, one death was reported.
Damage in the New Sharon area alone was estimated at a quarter of a million dollars. It was the fifth severe storm in eight days and total damage was estimated in the millions of dollars. Kenneth Van Note, 41, a farmer who lived about 4 miles northwest of Cedar Rapids, was killed Sunday when lightning struck a horse he was riding. The horse was also killed.
Cherry Lester, feed dealer at Barnes City, was cut on the hand when a twister swept past his home. A tree limb shattered a picture window and glass struck his hand. Hailstones the size of baseballs hit Elkhart, north of Des Moines. Heavy rain also fell.
Burlington reported 2.45 inches of rain from the newest storm, 1.55 since midnight; Vinton had 1.73; Newton 1.89; Montezuma 1.55; Estherville 1.15; Clarion 1.23; Albia 1.44; Hubbard 1.39; Garwin 1.14; Northwood 1.09 and Cedar Rapids 1.16.
The main area hit by the twister which touched down at two places, was a 12-miles strip of farmland about 4 miles wide. Some 15 to 20 farms were battered by the destructive winds. Lamoni reported gusts up to 65 miles an hour. Power lines were snapped and farm buildings and crops flattened.
All of the farm buildings but the house were blown down at the Howard Hudson farm, 5 miles southwest of Montezuma. The family escaped injury by taking refuge in the basement. Several buildings were destroyed on the Emory Grosenback farm, 5 miles north of New Sharon. Many roadside ditches were unable to handle the runoff from the heavy rain and water flowed across county roads in some spots.
At least eight farms about 3 miles north of New Sharon reported buildings damaged or destroyed. Fire caused by lightning Sunday damaged the roof and attic of the Thomas Barkley farm home 3 miles west of Norwalk.
through the new found water, these children are having a good time at Ninth
At 11th and Douglas the water flooded the curbs and nearly up to residences. After the rain subsided, the children grabbed swimsuits and began playing in the water. Two of the boys were having a contest to see who could ride his bike the fastest and splash the most water.
|STORY CITY - Lightning
struck a barn on the Art Hovick farm near here about 4 p.m. Sunday, setting
the building afire. Flames caused a total loss. Storm damage
also cut telephone lines and persons at the Hovick farm had to go to town
for the fire truck.
In the barn at the time of the fire were a cow, some steers and part of the hog herd. Hovick rescued the cow and steers, but at least one hog is dead from the 70 head. Mrs. Hovick said today, "We found evidence of one hog's death, but can't tell if any more were in the barn."
The 36x40 foot structure contained 700 bales of alfalfa and 70 bushels of corn. Other nearby buildings were saved.