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A Siouxland Dairy Farm Beginning To Look Like Normal After Last Month's Tornado

A Siouxland dairy farm is starting to look like itself again. That's just one month after a tornado touched down near Newkirk, Iowa and destroying entire parts of the farm.


A Siouxland dairy farm is starting to look like itself again.

That's just one month after a tornado touched down near Newkirk, Iowa and destroying entire parts of the farm.

Four weeks ago, a tornado struck Rolling View Farms, just outside of Newkirk, Iowa. It only took one minute for the tornado to cause significant damage to the dairy farm.

Rolling View Farms is estimating the May tornado that tore through the area caused more than $1 million in damage to the farm.

"We lost a few cows and some animals but we had a lot of buildings. A lot of buildings had roofs ripped off or side walls blown in," said Art Vander Waal, Rolling View Farms.

But the recovery began immediately.

Vander Waal said they only had to shut down the farm for 12 hours and were able to milk the cows outside in the meantime.

And just two days later, they started rebuilding.
 
"A lot of it's coming back already, they're about to the halfway point of this first barn. That's a good, it'll feel good when they get across that," Vander Waal said.

He said the damage the tornado left was difficult to take in.
 
"It's hard, you know. You worked hard to build it, so I don't know, I can't explain it," he said.

They've never had a tornado at the farm before and it was a scary experience for everyone, including the animals.
 
"It was a lot of noise, it was loud. So yeah, I'm sure they were scared too," Vander Waal said.

But now that the damage is done, they're looking to put it behind them.  Vander Waal said they're hoping to have the dairy farm back to normal by the end of August and strengthen it in any way they can.
 
"I don't know if you can build it for a tornado. We'll try but they're pretty tough, I don't know if you can build anything to hold that," Vander Waal said.

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