RUDD, Iowa – Rudd Public Library Director Shelly Sharp decided to close the library early last Wednesday in anticipation of severe weather forecast for that night. She then went to the basement that evening.
âI was in the neighbour’s basement when the storm hit. He’s a volunteer firefighter for our fire department here in town, âsaid Sharp. âWe had his pager with usâ¦ We heard a firefighter say the library was badly damaged. Our hangar was badly damaged, we lost our tornado sirens.
Houses and buildings were damaged in town, including the Rudd Public Library. Its roof and some walls have been removed. The next day, they started collecting books from the shelves.
âWe boxed as much as we could,â said Sharp. âA lot of houses were damaged. Getting those books out of the boxes was not our number one priority.
Sharp now has a plan to continue serving the community with library books. She plans to open a temporary library at the town hall.
âIt will be small, but we’ll keep it stocked as best we can,â Sharp said. âWe just want to keep as much normalcy as possible in our city. “
The Rudd Historical Museum was also affected by the tornado. He had many historical artifacts stored in an old church. The building was directly affected and some of the historical objects are now missing.
âI know part of an 1800s wedding dress is missing. We lost a trunk, a unique trunk. We lost a pump organ, a lot of the clothes we had here. The military section has disappeared, âsaid museum director Joyce Navratil.
They found a WWII Purple Heart award given to a resident of Rudd. But other military medals are missing.
Sharp opened an account at First Security Bank to accept donations. Checks may be made payable to: Rudd Public Library Relief Fund. Send them by mail to the address below:
First security bank
P.O. Box 57
7809 Clark Street
Charles City, Iowa 50616
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