Parkersburg Native Son Kampman Returns To See Damage

The weight room at Aplington-Parkersburg High School Tuesday, May 27, 2008, in Parkersburg. A tornado tore through the city Sunday. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)


PARKERSBURG (AP) - Aaron Kampman came running when he heard that a tornado had destroyed his old high school.

Kampman, a defensive end with the Green Bay Packers and former University of Iowa standout, drove Monday morning with his wife Linde to Parkersburg. That was a day after a tornado packing winds of more than 200 mph ripped through the town of about 1,800. It leveled hundreds of homes before moving east, where it hit New Hartford and Dunkerton.

Seven people were killed and about 50 others were injured, including Kampman's grandfather Claas. He is recovering in a Waterloo hospital.

Kampman is a native of nearby Kelsey. He says he couldn't have imagined the destruction he saw when he arrived. But after manning
a chainsaw and helping to remove trees and debris, Kampman says
folks have to be optimistic.

Kampman says the residents' rallying cry has been to look at the
small victories. He adds that the Packers plan to do something to
help raise funds.

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