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 served in the Y’s parking lot, located at 108 Washington St.

The Animal Rescue League is working with Marshall County Emergency Management and Animal Clinic-The Vet to care for any animals in need from the tornado. Organizers are not using ARL for housing because it is north of town. Happy Tails also took in animals, but they are at capacity.

The Marshalltown Historical society released the following statement:

“While we are as devastated by the tornado as everyone in Marshalltown, we are grateful that the loss has been limited to stuff. Though our sites were very damaged, there was miraculously little damage to our collection. We will be temporarily moving our headquarters to the Mowry Irvine mansion at 503 W. Main St. We offer our unlimited thanks to the volunteers who have already helped clean up at our sites, to our wonderful insurance company, to Servicemaster, The Marshall County conservation board for their help with tree cleanup, and many more. Thank you all!”

Bickford Cottage has availability both in Marshalltown as well as Urbandale and West Des Moines branches for displaced seniors. Transportation and moving assistance is available to assist those in need. For more information please contact Bianca Greazel, Director, at 641-328-9304 or 641-753-5700.


Below are two verified places you can donate money to that will help victims of the 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 settle down and the need is assessed, the MCBD said in a release.

The MCBD said they would put your funding toward recovery and repair efforts and not toward programs of MCBD. Checks can be made out to Marshalltown Main Street Partnership and delivered to the Main Street Office, and put “Downtown District Tornado Recovery” in the memo.

Contact MCBD director Jenny Etter,, or MCBD board president Nate McCormick,, with questions. Online donation link:

Mid-Iowa Community Action has also set up a fund where people can make donations to aid families affected by the tornado. People can donate at, where the pop up will direct you to the methods of donation. All funds MICA receives will be used to directly assist families in Marshalltown who have been affected for uninsured losses.

Here are updates from Friday: