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Iowa Co. foresters faced with "worst damage" in 20 years

By: Max Hess - Email
By: Max Hess - Email

What grew for almost a decade was destroyed within 15 minutes.

That's how forester Tom Hill describes the damage in Iowa County after a tornado wiped out nearly 23 miles of trees.

"This is the first significant damage we've had since... probably 1984," he said.

Luckily, nobody was hurt, but Hill says property owners are facing thousands of dollars in tree damage.

"It can be a huge financial loss, you know, we were blessed with some very valuable hard woods in this part of the state and a lot of them got pushed over."

Hill said "they will not be worth what they were when they were standing," adding that the forest is going to need to "start over," but with a lot of work, he's optimistic it'll revive.

The majority of the trees were on private property, but Hill still says its very much a personal matter.

"This is something that...it's my life's work, too."


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