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The Varina Post Office opens its doors to new location

Des Moines Register logo Des Moines Register 9/8/2019 Andrea May Sahouri, Des Moines Register

The Varina Post Office will resume full operations on Monday at its new 205 Main St. location after severe tornado damage prompted its temporary relocation to Fonda in April 2011, according to a United States Postal Service news release. 

Varina, a town in northwest Iowa with a population of about 71, was hit particularly hard during the April 2011 tornado outbreak. At least 18 tornadoes hit Iowa between April 9 and 10; the strongest one was in Pocahontas County, where Varina is located, and reached wind speeds up to 170 mph. The same twister threw a combine about 100 yards. No deaths were reported.

a sign in front of a building: The Varina Post Office's new location on 205 Main St. © United States Postal Service/Special to the Register The Varina Post Office's new location on 205 Main St.

According to the Associated Press, the April 2011 outbreak is the seventh highest for tornadoes in a single day, the highest being 28 tornadoes in 2001.

Hundreds of houses and businesses were completely destroyed, and communities are still rebuilding from its aftermath — including Varina.

"The new building is ready for occupancy and we are excited to return to the community," the news release states.

The Varina Post Office hours are Monday through Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The lobby is open 24 hours.

Andrea May Sahouri covers public safety for the Des Moines Register. She can be contacted at asahouri@registermedia.com, 515-284-8247 or on Twitter at @andreamsahouri

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