Road to Recovery

The Road to Recovery

Community Rallies Around Football Following Tornado

PARKERSBURG, Iowa - It has been five years since the community of Parkersburg was struck by an EF5 tornado. The town has made a remarkable comeback and sports played a vital role in the community's revitalization. One... Read More »

Tornado Recovery Heightens Town’s Spirit

PARKERSBURG, Iowa — Faith and small-town bonds widely reputed to live only in faulty memories helped the Butler County town of Parkersburg become a model for disaster recovery, community leaders say. Those... Read More »

WATCH: City Clerk Chris Luhring Talks About Tornado Recovery

PARKERSBURG, Iowa - Back on May 25, 2008, Chris Luhring served as the police chief of Parkersburg. He became one of the central figures as the city rebuilt following the EF5 tornado. Now, Luhring serves... Read More »

WATCH: Rebuilding Aplington-Parkersburg High School

PARKERSBURG, Iowa - Aplington-Parkersburg High School principal Dave Meyer talks about rebuilding the school following the May 25, 2008, tornado.... Read More »

Aplington-Parkersburg Admins Reflect on High School Reconstruction

PARKERSBURG, Iowa - For Jon Thompson, there are days when the tornado that struck Parkersburg, Iowa, feels like it happened “a long time ago.” Other days, however, seem like the storm just touched down. It... Read More »

Parkersburg Reflects on Fifth Anniversary & Oklahoma Tornado

PARKERSBURG, Iowa - The town has come a long way since the 2008 tornado ripped through the city, but some reminders of the storm still remain. This week marks the fifth anniversary of the EF5 tornado.... Read More »

Growing Up Fast: The Aplington-Parkersburg Class of 2012

PARKERSBURG – With the thrill of graduation for so many high school students, the Class of 2012 at Aplington-Parkersburg High School has hung together through tragedy most teenagers never endure. “It’s... Read More »

Three Years Since The 2008 EF-5, Parkersburg Looks At Progress

PARKERSBURG, Iowa – It's just before five o’clock on Wednesday and Parkersburg native Tom Teeple is closing his barbershop downtown. It was at this time, three years ago, a massive tornado threw him and... Read More »

Memorial Day Has New Meaning for NE Iowa Community

PARKERSBURG - The people of Parkersburg, Iowans, are resilient. In the last year, the debris has disappeared, but the memories of what happened are still very clear. "They found my grandparents. Grandma... Read More »

Grocery Store Marks Progress in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG - This Memorial day takes on extra meaning for the people of Parkersburg, New Hartford, and Dunkerton who survived an EF-5 tornado. It was a year ago Monday the tornado hit, forever changing... Read More »

New High School Welcomes Falcons Home

PARKERSBURG - A brand new high school welcomed students back to class in Aplington-Parkersburg. The $19 million facility features two gyms, a commons area, an auditorium and room to grow. For students... Read More »


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