Woodward thanks Iowa DOT workers for help after derecho

Iowa DOT workers gathered in Woodward Thursday for a thank-you luncheon sponsored by the town in gratitude for the workers' help in cleaning up after the derecho storm last week.

The city of Woodward showed its appreciation Thursday to the Iowa Department of Transportation workers who helped the city’s residents and public works crew in promptly clearing away debris following last week’s devastating derecho wind storm.

“I just can’t say enough about these guys,” said Woodward Mayor Todd Folkerts. “They worked through the weekend, and we would be weeks behind if not for them.”

Folkerts said many other people also helped after the storm, including volunteers from the Granger Public Works Department, Woodward Academy, Mafco Buildings and others.

To thank the DOT workers, who came from their shops in Atlantic, Adair, DeSoto and Perry, a pork loin lunch was prepared and served by Woodward City Council member Mary Bustad, Woodward City Clerk Angie Hoyt, Woodward Billing Clerk Dawn Kirts and Woodward resident Deb Rose.

Following the midday meal, Folkerts presented each of the DOT crew members with a letter of appreciation from the city of Woodward.

Merle Kent Shawd, whose commercial property at 110 S. Main St. was badly damaged, was also on hand to thank the state employees.

“We took a hell of a hit,” Shawd said, “and these guys were right there to help us. They have my utmost respect.”

Woodward Public Works Director Chris Newland said the cleanup around town is nearly complete, with just a few piles here and there left to collect.


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