Albert Lea Tribune: Tim Walz assesses damage in Freeborn County

CLARKS GROVE — First District Congressman Tim Walz on Friday toured some of the areas ravaged by Thursday’s tornado.

“If you don’t see (the damage) you can’t believe it,” Walz said. “The sense of optimism from these people who were in a basement and plan to rebuild their century farm makes you proud to live in a place like this.”

Walz was referring to Gordon Toenges and his wife, Kathy, who were in the basement of their home on Freeborn County Road 46 when a tornado ripped through their farm.

“It’s nothing these people can’t deal with,” Walz said.

He mentioned that he heard from residents that their neighbors, and even complete strangers, were helping in any way they could. He said his office will be there to help all these people with things like replacing Social Security cards.

“In the midst of all this they’re not worrying about that, but they will soon,” Walz said.

While walking through the Toenges farm near Alden and the homes devastated near Clarks Grove on 925th Street, Walz noted that the damage was amazing and kept saying “Wow!”

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