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Cleanup continues from storm damage

In this article with QCOnline, Jason Housworth, district manager of Davey's Quad Cities office, talks about the tree damage he is seeing post-storm. 

Posted: March 17, 2016

By Stephen Elliot 

The tornado that cut through upper Rock Island County on Tuesday night, damaging an estimated 40 homes and destroying four, was an EF2, with winds peaking at an estimated 130 mph, according to the National Weather Service of the Quad-Cities.

Rock Island County Sheriff Gerry Bustos said 10 people received minor injuries. His department was helping with cleanup and security Wednesday in the neighborhood where homes were destroyed or significantly damaged along 180th Street and the 41st Avenue area, called rural East Moline but actually between Hampton and Rapids City.

"The damage is pretty significant," Sheriff Bustos said. "Many houses were damaged, and some were a complete loss. We're doing what we can to help clean up."

In addition to the tornado that tracked north in the Hampton-Rapids City-Port Byron area, there were tornadoes just across the river in Clinton County, Iowa, specifically in the areas of McCausland, Low Moore and Andover.

High winds and hail hit throughout Rock Island and Scott counties, leaving damage throughout the area. At the peak Tuesday night, more than 13,000 Quad-Citians were without power. About 350 still were without power late Wednesday afternoon.

At Augustana College in Rock Island, several trees were knocked down across the college campus. Augustana spokesman Sam Slouch said the Arbaugh Residence Center sustained damage to two buildings, and alternate housing was found for 30 students Tuesday evening.

"Today, we are clearing a tree that fell on two of those buildings," Mr. Slouch said. "We will allow most students to enter the building, hopefully later today."

Another tree was knocked down near the Erickson Residence Center, he said. Another, he said, fell by Westerlin Residence Center.

"Fortunately, there were no injuries," Mr. Slouch said.

Mr. Slouch said power outages occurred, and the electricity was back on early Wednesday morning. 

Jason Housworth, district manager for Davey Tree Service, Bettendorf, said crews were at the college cleaning up the damage. Crews were throughout the Quad-Cities, including the 3800 block of 179th Street in rural East Moline.

Mr. Housworth said the area had "catastrophic" damage.

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