Iowa City Tornado of 2006

Iowa City Tornado Burlington Street
Burlington Street residents watch from above as Iowa City firefighters cut a downed street light on Thursday night, Apr. 13, 2006.
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A crowd gathers around an overturned car on Clinton Street near Burlington Street on Thursday night.
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Iowa City Tornado Johnson County Sheriff Department
Deputy Hynes with the Johnson County Sheriff Department instructs pedestrians to keep clear of a suspected gas leak in the Ped Mall on Thursday night.
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Iowa City Tornado overturned car
UI sophomore Justin Welsh takes a picture of his friends Josh Nanman and Nick Meyers with an overturned car near the intersection of Burlington and Clinton Thursday night.
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Iowa City Tornado Downtown
A funnel cloud begins to dissipate after creating damage across Iowa City, doing major damage to downtown and residential neighborhoods, on Thursday night.


Iowa City Tornado
Two people clean out belongings in their car which was smashed by a tree on Johnson St. between Iowa Ave. and Washington St.
Beth Skogen/The Daily Iowan


Iowa City Tornado West Bank
Things are scattered in West Bank on the corner of Dubuque St. and Burlington St.
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Iowa City Tornado Sweet Livin Antiques
People flock the streets and pass the damaged Sweet Livin’ Antiques after the tornado.
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Iowa City Tornado Governor Street
Power lines hang in limbo on Governor Street after a violent storm swept through the Iowa City area on Thursday, Apr. 13, 2006.
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Iowa City Tornado Alpha Chi Omega Sorority
Alpha Chi Omega sorority was gutted by Thursday’s storm at the corner of Washington and Governor streets, Apr. 13, 2006. The Red Cross supplied beds and cover at the IMU for those who lost their homes.
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Iowa tornado history
The three deadliest tornadoes in Iowa history all occurred in the 1800s.
“¢ A tornado June 3, 1860, in Camanche, near Clinton, killed 134 people.
“¢ A tornado June 17, 1882, in Grinnell killed 100.
“¢ A tornado July 6, 1882, in Pomeroy, in northwest Iowa, killed 89.
The record for most tornadoes in one year in Iowa is 120 in 2004.
The record for fewest number of tornadoes in a year is 18 in 1996.
The record for a month is 57 in May 2004.
The record for most tornadoes in one day is 28 on April 11, 2001.
Source: Iowa state Climatolgist Harry Hillaker


Other stories regarding the tornado that ripped through Iowa City and the University if Iowa…
Thursday’s tornado may be a ‘record breaker’
Iowa City continues cleaning up storm damage
Debris Clearing Under Way In Iowa City
Damage Assessment Continues In Tornado-Ravaged Iowa City
911 calls relive storm terror
Vilsack To Request Tornado Help During Meeting With Bush
Damage Estimates Run At More Than $10M


Iowa City tornado damage at $3.6M
The cost to repair damages to Iowa City buildings after Thursday’s tornadoes has been estimated at $3.6 million, but city officials said final estimates may be much higher.


“These are just preliminary estimates,” Iowa City manager Steve Atkins said during a council work session Monday. “There is a great deal of damage you can’t see.”


Atkins said the estimates were based on the cost to replace damaged structures to the city’s eight public properties after the two tornadoes that swept through Iowa City. The properties are: Court Street Transportation Center, Iowa City Public Library, Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, Senior Center, Senior Center pedestrian bridge, Wilson Building U Smash-Em, Old Capitol Towne Center parking ramp and the Sheraton Hotel parking ramp.


The estimates were submitted in an application for financial assistance to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Atkins also said city engineers plan to appraise the damages on the buildings a second time to get a more accurate number.

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