LONE GROVE — More than 500 volunteers are expected to converge on Lone Grove this weekend to help with a massive effort to clean up miles of debris from the Feb. 10 tornado.
Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. today at the Assembly of God in Lone Grove, 15657 U.S. 70. More volunteers are needed.
Paula Buchhllz, 40, of Parkersburg, Iowa, came with her husband, Michael, and two teenage sons, Peyton and Josh.
Paula Buchhllz, a high school biology teacher, said an EF5 tornado last year ripped through her hometown, destroying her house and the area’s high school.
The Aplington-Parkersburg School District raised $2,000 for Lone Grove residents and sent care packages of quilts and toiletries with the Buchhllz family.
"We never could have gotten on our feet again without volunteers,” Buchhllz said. "We decided as a family and as a community to do what we could to help others who are facing the same horrible circumstances.”
What’s storm’s toll?
The tornado last week in Lone Grove claimed eight lives and destroyed more than 100 homes.