Tornado Recovery

Habitat For Humanity of Iowa assists with disaster recovery in Marshalltown

TIMES-REPUBLICAN Habitat for Humanity of Iowa staff and volunteers have mobilized disaster recovery response to assist families after tornadoes struck Marshalltown on July 19. Within 24 hours after tornadoes destroyed parts of the city, Habitat personnel were on the ground assessing the ...

We will recover if we are MARSHALLTOWN STRONG

July 19, 2018 will be a day for Marshalltown history books. On that day, an EF-3 tornado destroyed some of the most important parts of our town: homes, local businesses, large employers and city buildings. The city will never be the same. The beautiful drive down Main Street is forever ...

It sounded like a freight train

It was late in the afternoon on July 19. It was a hot and humid day. I decided to head to the library after work, this was my normal routine. I let my parents know so they could pick me up after work. I was on the city bus just pulling up to get off. I noticed it was completely clear outside. I ...

Victims of the Storm

Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series taking a closer look at residents and neighborhoods who suffered the most impact from the tornado that came through Marshalltown last week. Much of northern Marshalltown was devastated by the July 19 tornado that ripped through the city ...

Mayor briefs Pachyderm Herd on tornado recovery

Marshalltown Mayor Joel Greer told the local Pachyderm Herd Friday he was a little disappointed he didn’t get longer with President Donald Trump in Dubuque Thursday. “It was only about three seconds ... the fastest receiving line off an airplane I have ever seen,” Greer sad. “The ...

Federal aid uncertain as Marshalltown mayor meets President Trump

DUBUQUE — While Marshalltown Mayor Joel Greer shook hands with President Donald Trump just one week after an EF-3 tornado swept through the heart of Marshalltown, not promise of federal was made. Greer shook hands with Trump as he got off Air Force One prior to a workforce discussion held in ...

Inspired by our community coming together

It’s odd now that we all have our lives pre-tornado and post-tornado. While I’m still sorting out what still needs to get done from my pre-tornado life, I know for a fact what life is like post-tornado. It’s hundreds of our students and staff out in the community helping our neighbors ...

Grassley tours Marshalltown tornado damage

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley has been to the scene of many natural disasters in Iowa throughout the past few decades. This morning he toured the damage in Marshalltown left behind by an EF-3 tornado last week. Grassley talked to local leaders about the process to obtain federal resources for ...

Area agencies and churches assisting with tornado victims

TIMES-REPUBLICAN The Marshalltown Regional Partnership and Chamber of Commerce is providing the following information to the public regarding local services after the recent tornado damage to Marshalltown. The City of Marshalltown offices are temporarily located at the Marshalltown Public ...

Hospital reopens today

TIMES-REPUBLICAN UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown officials announced Thursday the hospital at its downtown campus will reopen today at 7 a.m. All services including the Emergency Department, surgery, cardiac rehab, laboratory, imaging and women's care among others will be fully ...

Red Cross: ‘It will take a long time to heal’

Marshalltown's beautiful Riverview Park was the setting for at times sobering, yet also hopeful "community meeting" Thursday night. Nearby, children laughed while blowing bubbles, no doubt oblivious to the pain and misery some residents were suffering but a few blocks south. The meeting's ...

Marshalltown Post Office forges ahead after tornado

Sending and receiving mail has become such a mainstay in most people's lives that when any delays in the process occur it can cause unwanted anxieties. The Marshalltown Post Office, 309 E. Linn St., has remained operational since the tornado hit. It continues to work with emergency responders ...

Helping however they can

DES MOINES — Over an hour before Wednesday’s Iowa High School State Baseball Tournament game between Marshalltown and Urbandale started, Bobcat fans were filing in to Principal Park in Des Moines. The first 100 fans who showed up in MHS gear were greeted with a smile and a free ticket ...

Taylor’s Maid-Rite recovering from tornado

It could have been worse. This is the sentiment expressed by Sandy Taylor Short, whose family has owned Taylor’s Maid-Rite, 106 S. 3rd Ave, for 90 years. “We were very fortunate to have minimal damage,” she said. “We lost two large plate glass windows, a smaller one and glass on the ...

Keeping safe after the storm

With debris from houses, businesses and trees still spread across northern Marshalltown, Marshall County Public Health Nurse Pat Thompson offered some tips and information for residents navigating streets, sidewalks and yards. Hazards: •Debris, including nails, bricks, pieces of wood, ...

Aerial photos of destruction

Drone photos from earlier this week show wreckage to residential neighborhoods. The wind from the tornado reached 144 miles per hour.

Number affected by Marshalltown tornado rises

Previously reported numbers of those affected by the EF-3 tornado that came through Marshalltown Thursday have risen. The following numbers are from Kim Elder, coordinator for Marshall County Emergency Management. Residential assessments by American Red Cross • Destroyed - 89 • Major - ...

Emerson donates $200,000 to Marshalltown disaster relief

Emerson announced a donation of $200,000 to the American Red Cross serving greater Iowa to aid in tornado relief and recovery efforts in the Marshalltown area. The company’s facilities in Marshalltown were not affected by the tornado, but several major businesses, local businesses and ...

Local UnityPoint Health Cardiology Clinic a total loss

Nearly one week after the devastating EF-3 tornado struck Marshalltown, local health care providers — McFarland Clinic, P.C., Primary Health and UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown — are now in a stronger position to offer patient services. However, one casualty was UnityPoint Health’s ...

Local structural engineers helping move forward

Critical to Marshalltown’s ability to recover and move ahead from last week’s tornado are local structural engineers Randy Bishop and Kyle Lacina. Bishop is owner of Bishop Consulting. Lacina is president of Structural Engineers, P.C. The two have been working seemingly non-stop with ...