Things to know about the impact of the Marshalltown tornado
Here’s what we know so far about the tornado that devastated Marshalltown.
• A curfew will go into effect at 9 p.m. for the city of Marshalltown. Everyone should stay home and off the streets unless it is an emergency. Make way for emergency responders. Capt. Brian Batterson of the Marshalltown Police said most of the damage took place on the north side of Marshalltown. Officials are still assessing damage.
• The north side of Marshalltown sustained the most damage.
• Many businesses have closed Friday. Before you travel to a business destination call first to ensure that they are open.
•The clerk of court office in the Marshall County Courthouse will be closed Friday and all court hearings scheduled at the courthouse tomorrow are canceled. Litigants will be notified as to when their cases have been rescheduled.
• A tornado was confirmed to have hit the Lennox Industries location the eastern portion of Marshalltown Thursday afternoon. Lennox Senior Human Resources Manager Dana Rasmussen said the Marshalltown location is in an emergency shutdown and employees are not to come in to work Friday. She said the extent of the damage is not yet known.
• While Racom’s building looks to be severely damaged, all operations are up and running, according to CEO Mike Miller. The county’s E911 operations are being run out of the Racom building after a gas leak forced the operators out of the Marshalltown Police Department Building.
• The McFarland Clinic’s Marshalltown Main Street building posted on Facebook saying their building was damaged, but there are no reports of injuries to patients or staff in the building. Due to the damage, the Main Street clinic will be closed on Friday. Patients with scheduled appointments will be contacted for rescheduling.
• UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown also experienced damage. There are no patient or staff injuries reported within the hospital, but the building did sustain structural damage. Therefore, they are evacuating patients to UnityPoint Health – Waterloo and UnityPoint Health – Grundy Center and are unable to take incoming patients. The ER will be open to help triage patients.
• Alliant Energy spokesperson Mike Wagner said their time and efforts currently are being spent on “make safe” activities. They are working on ruptured gas lines and de-energizing down power lines. Because there are many unsafe areas across town, they are working to fix the issues before they start to fully assess the situation, he said. There is currently no timeline for the power to be back on. A large crew is out tonight and will be out in the morning. There is damage to some of the substations in town.
• Several store owners along Main Street are looking at significant damage to their buildings.
• If you are a Marshalltown resident in need of shelter, the Red Cross will be at the Marshalltown Fire Station, 107 S. First Ave. to assist.
Check back with the T-R for updates.