MAPLETON RESIDENT CREDITS SHERIFF FOR SAVING LIVES
(Mapleton) Residents of the Monona County town of Mapleton are still recovering from the devastating EF3 tornado that ripped through the community April 9 damaging nearly 60% of the town of 1,100. Despite all the damage, no one lost his or her life.
Colleen Sulsberger, a volunteer coordinating the incoming donations, credits Monona County Sheriff Jeff Pratt for saving lives. Sulsberger says Sheriff Pratt followed the tornado as it approached Mapleton. “He was driving towards Mapleton from the west literally following the tornado and once he realized it was going to hit Mapleton, he called ahead and said “sound the sirens.”
Sulsberger calls Sheriff Jeffrey Pratt a true hero. “He gave us fifteen minutes warning to go to shelter. So all of those kids and spectators at the school play in the high school gymnasium went to the basement of the school that eventually lost its roof,” said Sulsberger. “We credit him for the fact that there were no deaths or serious injuries.” She adds, one person did suffer a broken leg, and a woman went into labor.
An estimated 225-families lost their homes. Sulsberger says they are trying to set up a program at the local grocery store to take small denomination gift cards. If you wish to donate contact Colleen Sulsberger at (712)-880-1316end_of_the_skype_highlighting.