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DES MOINES -- Gov. Terry Branstad said he was "amazed that nobody died" in the Mapleton tornado after surveying the damage there yesterday, adding that he was equally impressed by the resilience of citizens and officials who had already begun rebuilding the town.

"The devastation was tremendous, they had rubble everywhere, but the streets were clean," Branstad said during his Monday morning news conference at the Statehouse. "You had people from neighboring communities bringing out tractors and dump trucks. They were cleaning yards, they were helping people in their homes, a lot of friends and family were there helping out."

Branstad and other state officials took a helicopter with the intention of flying to Mapleton on Sunday, but heavy fog forced them to land in Sioux City and drive to the tornado-ravaged town instead.

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