Tornado Recovery

Unions and businesses donate to tornado victims

Behind a backdrop of chain-saws cutting through wood and roar of utility trucks there was excitement in the air at Marshalltown’s United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1149 headquarters Thursday. The reason: A semi full of food and supplies valued at $8,000 was donated by Minnesota unions ...

Some downtown roads closed for foreseeable future

Marshalltown residents trying to travel around the downtown area may have to deal with some road blockages for the foreseeable future. That’s the message from Marshalltown Public Works Director Justin Nickel. He said crews are cleaning up Main Street and the downtown area of debris and ...

Team Rubicon helping to clean-up Marshalltown

Earlier this week, a sagging porch roof on a North 4th Street house was getting double the help with volunteers from Team Rubicon and Habitat for Humanity. The crew of men and women, older and younger, worked to remove the sagging roof which made entry into the modest house impossible. The ...

Completely in ruins

Viewing the shell that remains of Goldenland Asian Food Market, it’s amazing that the people inside the building at the time of the tornado not only survived, but were able to exit through the front of the store. Owner/operated Win Kyaw and his staff took shelter in the basement of the ...

Emergency Repair Business applications

TIMES-REPUBLICAN The City Council has made a requirement for businesses offering repairs to homes and businesses due to damage caused by the July 19 tornado, to complete an application and register as an “Emergency Repair Business.” There is no fee. The recently passed Ordinance ...

Catholic Radio of Marshalltown expects return to airwaves

TIMES-REPUBLICAN The sound of silence. Yes, that’s the sound coming from Marshalltown Catholic Radio since the July 19 tornado ravaged their buildings and destroyed much of their equipment. “The roof fell in, literally, in our KCRM studio,” said Deacon Roger Polt, general ...

Credit unions’ members qualify for disaster grants

TIMES-REPUBLICAN Lennox Employees Credit Union and Members 1st Community Credit Union, together are announcing the availability of disaster grants from the Iowa Credit Union Foundation to members of both credit unions who have been displaced from their homes due to the recent tornado and have ...

A walk in the ruins of Marshalltown

Twelve days ago, an EF3 tornado cut a path through the heart of Marshalltown. It took about five minutes to pass through town. In its wake it left ruble from buildings that have been standing for well over a century. Almost 800 buildings were destroyed, damaged or otherwise affected. This ...

House of Compassion remains open despite damage to the building

When people rely on you to help them obtain their basic, daily needs, failure is not an option. The House of Compassion has continued to provide its clients - and those impacted by the tornado - with all the same services it offered before the storm hit. “We never closed any single day,” ...

Woodbury School offers free clothing

The Woodbury Elementary neighborhood on the northeast side of Marshalltown was one of the hardest hit areas in the July 19 tornado — the school is doing what they can to help neighbors in the area. “I had the idea of a clothes and shoes giveaway after working with the Woodbury School ...

UnityPoint Health Cardiology Clinic to re-open

TIMES-REPUBLICAN As a result of the tornado that struck Marshalltown July 19, the UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown Cardiology Clinic, 206 E. State St., sustained significant damage and resulted in a total loss. On Aug. 2, the cardiology clinic will move to the second floor of the main campus ...

$25,000 contribution to tornado relief from Karl Chevrolet

An announcement from Mayor Joel Greer that Lennox International had today pledged $500,000 and Karl Chevrolet of Des Moines $25,000 to tornado-relief efforts at the onset of Monday's special council was met with excitement from council and attendees. Additionally, councilors voted unanimously ...

County offices find new home

With the Marshall County Courthouse looking at lengthy repairs, several offices — both state and county — have been forced to move out of the historic building. The Marshall County Board of Supervisors approved two lease agreements to find new homes for county and court offices while the ...

UnityPoint Family Medicine clinic to re-open today

TIMES-REPUBLICAN Eleven days after moving to the South campus Medical Park due to the EF-3 tornado which devastated much of Marshalltown’s northside including downtown, UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown Family Medicine clinic will reopen at the North campus (downtown) today. Until further ...

Courthouse updated information

TIMES-REPUBLICAN Marshall County Courthouse will be closed beginning July 20 until further notice due to the July 19 tornado. Many of the Marshall County Offices will be opening beginning Tuesday with minimal operations at the Great Western Bank, 11 N. First Ave., Marshalltown on the ...

Informational meeting on businesses impacted by the tornado

TIMES-REPUBLICAN Informational meeting for building and business owners impacted by the July 19 tornado will be at 8 a.m. on Wednesday at the Fisher Community Center, 709 S. Center St. Learn about post-tornado resources available from the Small Business Development Center, Small Business ...

City asks helpers to track volunteer hours

TIMES-REPUBLICAN The city asks that all volunteers for disaster relief keep track of their hours, according to a press release. Officials are trying to keep a total of all hours. “If you are a group that has had volunteers in the disaster recovery, it is very important to keep records of ...

Marshalltown-native, Toby Huss, volunteers help at damaged homes

“Together everyone achieves more” is an age-old adage which was clearly put into practice at a residence in the 800 block of West Main Street last week. Volunteers from the Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity, Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity and Des Moines-area John Deere companies ...

Lt. Gov., local leaders thank Red Cross in Marshalltown

The temporary American Red Cross headquarters at Marshalltown Community College room 535 is usually abuzz with activity by 8 a.m. This morning, staff and volunteers awaited the words of local and state leaders. Among the visitors was Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, who previously visited Marshalltown ...