Powerful storms blow through La Porte City, leaving devastation in their wake

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THAR SHE BLOWS – A series of severe thunderstorms blew through La Porte City on June 29 and 30, damaging buildings, snapping off trees and bringing down power lines. On Chestnut Street, a large tree and the concrete encasing it (top photo) was no match for the high winds that uprooted it. While the homes adjacent to the tree were relatively unscathed, the carport and vehicle parked there were not. Large trees throughout town were pummeled by the storm. Rural La Porte City also felt the wrath of Mother Nature. Following the storm, workers from La Porte City Utilities worked diligently to quickly restore power to customers affected by downed power lines. Photo by Mike Whittlesey.