Parkersburg 10 Years Later: Community Lost Possessions, But ‘Family Means a Lot More’


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PARKERSBURG, Iowa  --  Ten years ago, the town of Parkersburg was destroyed as an EF5 tornado ripped through the community.

Winds up to 200 miles per hour tore apart homes and businesses, and destroyed lives. Seven people in Parkersburg and to in New Hampton died in the storm, but for every story of loss, there are many of survival.

Channel 13's Sonya Heitshusen returned to Parkersburg this week to catch up with residents she met in the town just hours after the storm.

Sonya also spoke with the Aplington-Parkersburg High School officials, who explained how residents and neighboring communities came together to help rebuild after the school was destroyed, and Channel 13's Andy Fales visited Parkersburg to find out how the community came together to support each other after the tragedy.

Sonya's report can be found here.

Andy's report can be found here.


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