'Half the town is gone': Tornado flattens tiny Taopi in Mower County
Homes were destroyed and residents evacuated from the town of about 80 people southeast of Austin, Minn
April 14, 2022
TAOPI, Minn. - This small farming town of about 80 people is now a demolition zone. Soggy debris covers much of the five-block area that makes up the community that was devastated by a tornado Tuesday night.
Half of the homes are gone. Tall trees stand no more. Volunteers moved Wednesday through muddy, cold ground made worse by light snow to clear out shredded walls, appliances, family keepsakes. And a historic building that was soon to become the new town hall will be torn down.
A tornado with winds of more than 111 mph struck this southeastern Minnesota town near the Iowa border after dark Tuesday, leveling buildings, snapping power poles and leaving piles of debris covering Main Street. Two people were trapped in the basement of their damaged home and had to be rescued. They suffered only minor injuries, officials said, and there were no reports of serious injuries.