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MONTGOMERY COUNTY: Tornado cleanup underway at Hacklebarney Woods

Posted at 7:06 PM, May 23, 2024

VILLISCA, Iowa (KMTV) — After taking severe tornado damage on Tuesday, Hacklebarney Woods County Park needs a lot of cleanup, but Montgomery County Conservation Board Director Jared Spunaugle wants neighbors to wait until it's safe.


At Hacklebarney Woods in Montgomery County, conservation workers were clearing tornado damage on Wednesday.

I'm Southwest Iowa neighborhood reporter, Katrina Markel, and I spoke with conservation director Jared Spunaugle, who asked that neighbors wanting to help with cleanup – wait until his crews have had time to make sure it's safe.

"It doesn't matter what you're doing when you're running a chainsaw it always seems bad but there were a lot of communities impacted a lot worse than ours so we're very, very thankful," said Spunaugle. "Our plan is to kind of organize a volunteer day or maybe couple days, or maybe like a week."

Those wanting to volunteer can look for information on the Montgomery County Conservation Board's Facebook page, or call or text Jared: 712-621-2902.

Outside Villisca, I'm southwest Iowa reporter, Katrina Markel.