Tornado Recovery

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 ...

‘Our business is gone’

It was business as usual Thursday afternoon at Lara’s Bakery, 24 N. 1st Ave. The scent of Guatemala bread, puerquitos (pig-shaped cookies) and tostados baking in the ovens offered a pleasant scent in the warm July air. A customer with two small children waited for her order. But then, the ...

Marshalltown’s three largest grocers give back

Now almost a week after the tornado, locals are still grappling with the fallout. Marshalltown’s three largest grocers — Hy-Vee, Walmart and Fareway — have found ways to give back to the community. HY-VEE Marshalltown Hy-Vee Store Manager Ric Anderson said the company mobilized ...

Warped wind turbines

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY BOBBI BRANDENBURG Wind-warped turbine sits still about a half mile north of E29 on Highway 65. One of the blades was bent like a rabbit ear due to storm-related winds that came through Central Iowa last week. It was the only one with this kind of damage in the pod of turbines.

Lennox to rebuild in Marshalltown

TIMES-REPUBLICAN Lennox will rebuild its Marshalltown facilities that were destroyed by the EF-3 tornado that tore through the city on Thursday. Marshalltown Mayor Joel Greer plans to make the official announcement at the city council meeting tonight. “I’m so excited, I could pee my ...

Marshalltown is resilient

After meeting with business and community leaders in Marshalltown today, I continue to be heartened by the resilience of Iowans. There are so many stories of goodness. Each is unique, and yet at the same time, just one of many where neighbors, businesses, community organizations and even our ...

Historic Coliseum severely damaged

No damage from the EF-3 tornado is apparent to Marshalltown’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum as one looks due south from State Street. But it is a cruel deception. Most of its roof is gone, which sheltered a lot of the facility. Only blue sky seen through white structural supports gives the ...

Be good neighbors to those in need

It is devastating to see the spiral on the top of the iconic Marshall County Courthouse fall to the ground in a major tornado that swept through your town. More critical is the destruction of homes, businesses and other property. This community is very fortunate, given the intensity of the ...

#MarshalltownStrong

We thank our Y members for their understanding and flexibility while we work together to help with recovery. We are proud to be part of this community!

Services from the school

The tornado that tore apart a chunk of Marshalltown last week hasn’t stopped Marshalltown Schools from providing free meals to kids this summer — the district is also providing free counseling services for storm victims. Despite continuing to provide meals, district Food Service Director ...

Landfill, compost center see post-storm influx

Playground equipment in streets. Trees rammed through houses. Debris everywhere. That was the scene immediately after an EF-3 tornado shook much of northern Marshalltown last week and residents are now taking charge of cleaning up their property. “The City of Marshalltown is picking up ...

Message of hope among devastation

Driving by Marshalltown residents cleaning up debris and storm damage in the north part of town, Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper asked people how they were doing and if they needed anything. One pair of residents sitting in lawn chairs outside their home that was falling apart laughed ...

Community updates from Monday

TIMES-REPUBLICAN Here are community updates from Monday. CURFEW There was a curfew again Monday starting at 9 p.m. and going until 5 a.m. Tuesday. The curfew only applies to the downtown area and other storm impacted areas. The south side of town is not part of the storm zone. Check the ...

Taking in the destruction

At a bird’s eye view, you can see where a regular Thursday afternoon turned into a disaster. As I flew over town with T-R correspondent Garry Bradenburg, you could see things you just can’t see on the ground. From the sky, it looks as though Godzilla came through, smashing things in a ...

Iowa nice

Teresa Cowan greeted the Sanow family with tears and a hug Sunday morning. They aren’t old friends. They don’t even know each other. The Sanows — parents Tim and Traci, and their adult children Jake Sanow and Dema Giardino — drove hours from their homes in Ireton and Ankeny to pitch in ...

We must rebuild

I'm an eight-year bargaining-unit employee of Lennox here in Marshalltown and a UAW 893 union member. The Lennox facility is badly damaged and we can't work for a while. I was in a shelter inside the building when the tornado hit and thankfully no one was hurt. I daresay perhaps we had luck and ...

Lennox will rebuild in Marshalltown

Lennox will rebuild its Marshalltown facilities that were destroyed by the EF-3 tornado that tore through the city on Thursday. Marshalltown Mayor Joel Greer plans to make the official announcement at the city council meeting tonight. "I'm so excited, I could pee my pants," Greer said. Gov. ...