Hail Storm Damages National Register Properties in Bloomfield

Posted by MW on June 26th, 2009 1:22 pm

On the evening of Sunday, June 7th, a major storm descended on the southeastern Iowa community of Bloomfield, Davis County. This storm brought with it multiple inches of rain, straight-line winds of up to 70 mph and, most devastating, golf ball to softball sized hail. The hail broke nearly all west facing windows in the community. This included nearly 40 windows on the Davis County Courthouse and approximately 80% of all west facing windows around the National Register listed courthouse square. As one resident commented, “it truly sounded as if someone was shooting my building with a machine gun.”

Representatives from the Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance, Main Street Iowa and the State Historic Preservation Office were onsite in the days following the storm to provide technical assistance to owners of historic property in the community. The group also continues to provide additional technical support to the Davis County Supervisors and the Davis County Preservation Fund who own and maintain the Davis County Courthouse.

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