Parkersburg 10 Years Later: Rebuilding a Community


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PARKERSBURG, Iowa  --  Ten years ago, a small town in Iowa was picking through the ruins of an EF5 tornado.

The storm claimed the lives of seven people and permanently changed those of nearly 2,000 others.

Channel 13's Andy Fales was one of the reporters covering the story following the devastating storm. This week, he returned to Parkersburg to reconnect with those he spoke to in 2008.

As the 10-year anniversary approached, Channel 13's Sonya Heitshusen also went back to the town to experience how communities worked together to help rebuild the Aplington-Parkersburg high school and football field, as well as find out how residents managed to keep a positive outlook in the wake of such a tragedy.

Her report with school officials can be found here, and her story with a resident who lost nearly everything but hope can be found here.


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