Tornado Recovery

An immediate response

The calls for help began as soon as the EF-3 tornado that tore through downtown Marshalltown Thursday dissipated — those calls were answered. “We had our secretary, Karen, and a few employees from Diamond Vogel came over ... we sheltered in our building,” said Marshalltown Fire Lt. Nic ...

Downtown businesses look to the future

With the widespread devastation that’s been felt over the last several days, downtown businesses find themselves in varying levels of disarray. Aaron and Michele Buzbee own Zeno’s, 109-111 E. Main Street, a pizza eatery that has been in operation since 1952. “We’re unable to really ...

Updates on community recovery

Curfew There was a curfew again Sunday starting at 9 p.m. and going until 5 a.m. Monday. The curfew only applied to the downtown area and other storm-impacted areas. The south side of town is not part of the storm zone. Check the city's Facebook page for continued updates on ...

Future of Lennox looms as employees await decision

With 900 employees, some Lennox workers are worried about the future of the Marshalltown location after it was all but destroyed by Thursday’s tornado. There has been no official word about recovery, which has left some afraid that the company will not rebuild the location. “We are still ...

Sunday updates on community recovery

CURFEW There will be a curfew again Sunday starting at 9 p.m. until 5 am. 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. MARSHALLTOWN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Counseling services Marshalltown Community ...

Power restoration rises to 70%

Alliant Energy has restored power to more than 70 percent of customers since Thursday when an EF-3 tornado ripped through the heart of Marshalltown. About 10,000 customers were originally impacted by the devastation, but by Sunday morning just more than 3,000 customers remained without power, ...

County landfill prepares for 24 million pounds of spoiled pork products

Mayor Joel Greer is hopeful that after a meeting Saturday by the Marshall County Landfill executive board, the meatpacking plant JBS can begin to offload and properly dispose of the 24-million pounds of pork product it lost in the tornado. Winds tore out insulation and panels on the east and ...

Bobcats athletes to help with clean-up

Members of the Marshalltown High School baseball team and summer weight room athletes will be available next week to assist residents digging out from Thursday’s storm. The baseball team will be available to work on Monday and Tuesday from 9am to noon. Appointments should be made with Head ...

Lennox Perfectly at Home in Marshalltown

Thursday’s devastating tornado that plowed through Marshalltown left behind a wide swath of destruction and MIRACULOUSLY, no known deaths. However as bad of a storm as it was, it never touched what Marshalltown has always been known for – hard work, pride and innovation. No sooner than ...

Alliant: Wednesday goal set for full restoration of power

On Saturday morning there are still about 5,000 Alliant Energy customers without power, but there is a midweek goal for widespread restoration of power to Marshalltown. “We are making great progress on getting power restored,” said Alliant spokesperson Justin Foss. “We’ve set a goal to ...

Destruction and Recovery in Images – Part II

We’ll be sharing photos of the devastation from the tornado online as they become available with limited power and cell phone reception. We invite our readers to send us images and their stories on our Facebook page. Our website will continue to be updated as new information about recovery ...

Official: “Those with the least resources will be hurt the most”

Mid-Iowa Community Action Executive Director Arlene McAtee said she and staff are preparing to help the city’s large number of lower-income residents deal with the tornado’s impact of crushed homes, businesses and morale. MICA is a social service and referral agency who has worked since ...

‘Tornado Savers’

In times of darkness, flickers of light emerge from the cracks. A group of six children, who reside along Jerome Street, decided their corner of the world could be a friendlier, more supportive space than the chaos around them. The Dolfies: Lincoln, 7 , Leona, 8, and Ella, 4, and their ...

Residents urged to avoid scams as recovery begins

The Marshalltown City Council will hold a special meeting to require out-of-town contractors to be licensed. Mayor Joel Greer said the ordinance to require contractors to carry a license will serve as the only agenda item for a meeting that officials are scheduling as soon as ...

What you need to know Saturday night

City and county officials held a final press conference at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Marshalltown Fire Department updating citizens on progress in the city following the tornado Thursday. Marshalltown's mayor, fire chief, public works director along with the county auditor, emergency management ...

Cyclones clean up after tornado

The Iowa State University football team found a new way to garner applause from its fans, and maybe even make some new ones along the way. The Cyclones’ players, coaches and staff showed up in Marshalltown on Saturday morning to do what they could to help the community rebound from a ...

Marshalltown tornado updates from Saturday

A tornado that tore through Marshalltown late Thursday afternoon left many parts of Marshalltown destroyed. Here is a list of updates we are compiling on Saturday. JBS is providing a hot meal to those in need at the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The meal will be ...

Marshalltown’s largest employers hit hard by tornado

The tornado, which devastated hundreds of homes and Main Street businesses, also destructed some of Marshalltown’s largest employers. JBS The meatpacking plant JBS, Marshalltown's largest employer, was hit hard and closed on Friday. Winds tore out insulation and panels on the east and ...

5,000 remain without power

City and county officials held a final press conference at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Marshalltown Fire Department updating citizens on progress in the city following the tornado Thursday. Marshalltown’s mayor, fire chief, public works director along with the county auditor, emergency management ...

Where to donate to aid Marshalltown tornado victims

Here is where you can donate resources to those affected by the Marshalltown tornado. MARSHALLTOWN CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT The Marshalltown Central Business District is collecting donations for the recovery of buildings, businesses and homes in the downtown district. Fund allocation will be ...