Tornado Recovery

State offering new resources for ‘critical repairs’ in Marshalltown

Damaged homes in Marshalltown are set for a boost in repairs to the tune of $400,000 from Volunteer Iowa. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the recovery effort Thursday. The money will be used “to equip and staff a mobile response unit that will make critical repairs to tornado-damaged homes in ...

A peek inside Marshall County Courthouse restorations

The hallways and rotunda of the Marshall County Courthouse have been silenced from the usual hustle and bustle — replaced now with the sound of hammers, saws, fans and cleaning crews who have worked almost around the clock following the July 19 tornado. Since the day after the ...

Marshall County Courthouse to benefit from MHS Bobcat Tree Restoration Fund

The Marshalltown High School Class of 1969 has launched a MHS Bobcat Tree Restoration Fund Drive with the goal of raising $50,000 to plant 300-500 trees indigenous to Iowa on private and public land in Marshalltown, to replace the arbors damaged in the July 19 tornado. At Tuesday’s Board of ...

Gov. Reynolds appeals FEMA individual assistance denial

DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds has filed an appeal letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials, requesting they reconsider the denial of individual assistance funds for Marshalltown tornado victims. The letter comes about two weeks after FEMA officials announced no such ...

FEMA public assistance explained

There will be many more steps on the road to recovery for public entities and structures in Marshalltown after the July 19 tornado. Officials from the city and county government, as well as local agencies like Marshalltown Area United Way, Youth and Shelter Services of Marshall County, ...

No FEMA individual assistance expected to hurt Marshalltown

Marshalltown residents and officials got mixed news last week on Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding. First, the government announced that the city qualified for public assistance funds to help in areas like public safety, infrastructure and other local government functions. ...

What does FEMA funding mean for Marshalltown?

Marshalltown and Marshall County officials are ecstatic with news federal disaster assistance is available to the city and county for expenses incurred from the July 19 EF-3 tornado. “This (declaration) is big,” City Administrator Jessica Kinser said. “It took a little bit longer to get ...

FEMA approves aid for Marshalltown tornado relief

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Wednesday that federal disaster assistance is available to Marshalltown for damage from the July 19 EF-3 tornado. The aid was approved by President Donald Trump and is a part of money going to “the state of Iowa to ...

A fresh look and new menu for Ocean City Chinese Restaurant

Taylor Cao, who assumed duties as general manager of Ocean City Chinese Restaurant in January when the establishment came under new ownership, was on the verge of unveiling a revamped “Asian fusion” menu before the July 19 tornado hit. While the interior sustained minor damage, the front ...

Seventh grader raises funds for tornado relief

Every year, Peyton Van De Walle, 12, of Chelsea hosts her own lemonade stand at the Chelsea Car Show with the goal of raising money for a charity. After the July 19 tornado, she decided people in Marshalltown could get the most use out of the funds. “Usually every year I do something, ever ...

Tornado-ravaged courthouse repair exceeds $15.5M

The dramatic footage of the Marshall Country Courthouse’s 16-foot tall cupola crumbling to the ground was replayed on newscasts across the country, becoming one of the iconic visual scenes of the ordeal. Shards of glass, bricks, stone and shingles littered the courthouse square in the ...

Gov. Reynolds creates Marshalltown housing task force

DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds established a task force to address housing concerns following the July 19 tornado in Marshalltown. The Wednesday morning announcement of the task force came after Rep. Rod Blum's visit to Marshalltown Tuesday afternoon. At the meeting, Marshalltown Mayor Joel ...

Lennox International announces financial impact of tornado

DALLAS — The Lennox International location on the northeast side of Marshalltown was hit hard by the July 19 tornado and the company estimated an impact in the millions of dollars as a result. In a statement released Monday, the company announced an estimated $100 million in lost revenue ...

Gov. Reynolds requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for tornado

In an official statement Friday afternoon, the Gov. Kim Reynolds administration announced the governor had signed a letter to President Donald Trump, asking him to declare a disaster in five tornado-impacted counties, including Marshall County. "The governor requested funding under the ...

Casey’s plans to re-open Third Avenue location

The sign that used to show gas prices outside the North Third Avenue Casey’s General Store location is still twisted and stunted, the entire building boarded up after the July 19 tornado swept through. It may look like a lost cause, but Mike Richardson, Casey’s vice president of marketing ...

Courthouse relic signed, dated exactly 41 years before tornado

Over four decades after working as an electrician on the top of the Marshall County Courthouse, Iowa City man Bruce Christensen recovered a relic from his work on which he had etched a small message: “Electrician, Bruce Christensen, 7/19/77.” Christensen notched those words exactly 41 ...

Marshalltown Oktemberfest to be held at fairgrounds

The annual Oktemberfest community celebration will take place at the Central Iowa Fairgrounds this year, according to announcement from event organizers. With road closures and construction impacting mobility in downtown Marshalltown, organizers decided to move the Sept. 27-29 event to the ...

Smokin’ G’s looks to the future

Smokin’ G’s BBQ Restaurant and Catering is in the same situation many other downtown businesses are in; weighing the costs to reopen. Kim and Jerry Gratopp, the eatery’s owners, have decided to reopen their business later this week. The decision, however, was not an easy one to ...

Progress – Buildings hit hard by the tornado then and now

The extent of damage to some of the most prominent buildings in Marshalltown varies from location to location. Some buildings received minor damage, while buildings next to them may be. Many parts of Marshalltown’s recovery and cleanup from the July 19 tornado will take a long time. ...

JBS donates $1 million to tornado relief efforts

JBS USA announced $1 million in donations to assist in tornado relief efforts, according to a press release. The money is set to "assist JBS USA team members, and to support long-term rebuilding efforts and community recovery needs" from the tornado that tore through the city on July 19, ...