Tornado Recovery

Where to donate to aid victims of tornado

TIMES-REPUBLICAN Here is how you can donate money to help those affected by the Marshalltown tornado. The Marshalltown Central Business District is collecting donations for the recovery of buildings, businesses and homes in the downtown district. Fund allocation will be decided once things ...

Displaced by the tornado

They’re not turning anyone away. Ashley Ladehoff, a veterinarian at the Animal Clinic-The Vet, 507 W. High Street, said the effort to shelter animals is ongoing. Since Friday morning, folks impacted by the tornado have been bringing their cats and dogs into the clinic for temporary, ...

Residents urged to avoid scams as recovery begins

TIMES-REPUBLICAN 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 city council meeting officials scheduled for ...

Tama father and son paint Marshalltown Strong mural after tornado

A father and son from Tama came to see the destruction left behind by the Marshalltown tornado a few hours after it came through the city. They didn’t have any materials to start helping, so they used their creative talents. Dye Davenport and his 13-year-old son Darian Davenport used their ...

Tremont closed for repairs

Like most businesses in the heart of the downtown, The Tremont, a sprawling 60,000-square-foot business located at 20-30 W. Main St., didn’t come out of the tornado unscathed. JP Howard, who owns the place with his wife Jennifer, literally had a bird’s-eye view of the storm. “A lot of ...

A change in plans

For the first time in its history, the Marshalltown Art Festival, formerly known as the Linn Creek Arts Festival, was to take place in downtown Marshalltown today. For years, it had been held on the grounds of the Fisher Community Center. Vendors, artists, musicians and food trucks were going ...

‘Bring them all here’

After a tornado ripped through the heart of Marshalltown Thursday afternoon, many citizens were forced to evacuate their homes, including the residents of The Embers Retirement Community. Embers, which was partially damaged by the tornado, required that all residents evacuate for safety ...

Gov. Reynolds tours Marshalltown tornado damage

Gov. Kim Reynolds visited with community leaders at the Marshalltown Fire Department Headquarters Friday afternoon. Later she toured the city to see the tornado damage firsthand. On the efforts of the Marshalltown community, Reynolds said, "Unbelievable, amazing and inspiring how people come ...

‘I was scared to death’

A man curled up in the corner of a stairwell holding his terrified young son was the first image Denise Weimer recalls seeing when she walked outside of the business she works at in downtown Marshalltown following a devastating tornado that ripped through the community Thursday ...

Marshalltown devastated after catastrophic tornado

Four emergency alerts pinged through on cell phones. Sirens rang through downtown twice. At first, it seemed like nothing. Then it hit. Devastating. In a word, that is how small businesses and their owners, residents and anyone who witnessed the tornado that struck Marshalltown Thursday ...

Marshalltown Officials: Stay out of impacted area

People coming downtown and to areas impacted by the tornado in Marshalltown are slowing recovery efforts, Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper said. "If people do not need to be downtown and to other impacted areas we are asking them to stay away," Tupper said. Currently fire teams are ...

Marshalltown sets Friday curfew, offers resources

The curfew in Marshalltown will continue tonight. Curfew will begin at 9 p.m. and expire at 5 a.m. tomorrow. The National Weather Service is assessing damage in Marshalltown Friday. The NWS evaluates radar data, performs a flyover and assesses what they see on the ground. Marshall County ...

City’s largest employers hit hard

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 by the tornado and closed on Friday. Winds tore out insulation and panels on ...

Destruction and Recovery in Images

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 ...

Gov. Reynolds tours ravaged Marshalltown

Gov. Kim Reynolds visited with community leaders at the Marshalltown Fire Department Headquarters Friday afternoon and she later toured the city to see the tornado damage firsthand. “When you bring in businesses and you bring in Iowans — I have seen high school kids, baseball players and ...

Hanging on by a thread

When Ashley Thomas emerged from the rubble, climbing the top of her basement steps to reach the main floor, she found her childhood home completely leveled. “My husband helped me upstairs and my brain just couldn’t take it. There was nothing,” she said. All that remains of her property ...

No deaths or serious injuries, still making area safe

Marshalltown Mayor Joel Greer reported no known casualties on Friday morning. At that time, only minor injuries had been reported. Pam Delagardello, president and CEO of UnityPoint Health - Waterloo region, reported that the Marshalltown hospital, UnityPoint Health - Marshalltown, had taken a ...

Update: ‪Marshalltown Police announced a 9 p.m. curfew tonight.

Marshalltown Police announced a 9 p.m. curfew tonight. They are advising people to get off the streets and go home or find place to stay so that emergency crews can get through. ‬ The T-R was in the effected area. We are heading to Tama to put the paper out and will post online updates as ...

Community rallies to provide resources to victims

A variety of resources are available to those affected by the tornado that came through Marshalltown. Here are some of them. The Red Cross established the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA as Friday’s emergency shelter for those displaced by the tornado. Thursday night, the Red Cross shelter served 28 ...

Things to know about the impact of the Marshalltown tornado

Here's what we know so far about the tornado that devastated Marshalltown. • A curfew will go into effect at 9 p.m. for the city of Marshalltown. Everyone should stay home and off the streets unless it is an emergency. Make way for emergency responders. Capt. Brian Batterson of the ...