Volunteers still helping Iowa town recover


July 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

MAPLETON, Iowa (AP) – More than three months after a tornado leveled much of Mapleton in western Iowa, volunteers are still coming to the rescue.

Sioux City television station KTIV reports that vans full of people are still pulling in to town to clean, build or paint buildings and other property damaged by the twister. No deaths were reported. The tornado was among at least 18 twisters in Iowa on April 9.

Pastor Katie Newman says her church has been working hard on recruiting and has lined up almost 200 volunteers over the next six weeks. Some are coming from across the country, including Devon Anderson. He came from Massachusetts to lend a hand.

Anderson says he’s “just helping with the tornado ’cause I felt bad and I thought we could help.”