NWS Surveys Dubuque County Storm Damage

Dubuque County authorities have released the names of the three people who were injured when severe storms moved through the area Sunday evening.

The Sheriff’s Office says 73-year old Ambrose Koopmann and 71-year old Marlene Koopmann were inside their trailer home four miles south of Epworth at 6108 Roller Coaster Road when it was destroyed by the storm. The Koopmanns were transported to Mercy One and Unity Point Finley Hospitals for their injuries.

And the Sheriff’s Office says 54-year old John Nolan was inside a barn near Bernard at 14029 Ryan Road when the building collapsed during the storm. He was transported to Mercy Hospital for his injuries.

The Koopmann’s trailer home and Nolan’s barn were both considered to be a total loss.

While damage was widespread across eastern Iowa, the National Weather Service says the strongest winds were recorded in Dubuque County, where a gust of 76 miles per hour was observed at the Dubuque Regional Airport.

A storm survey team assessed the damage in Dubuque County on Monday and found three swaths of 70 to 90 mile per hour winds, with an isolated 100 mile per hour wind swath. They say numerous farm buildings and trees were destroyed along the paths from Epworth to Fillmore, three miles north of Bernard to Bernard and from Asbury to Dubuque. In addition to the home in Earlville that lost its roof, the National Weather Service says a home between Epworth and Fillmore lost its roof as well.


photo courtesy of Sarah Deutmeyer