Businesses reopen after tornado in Marshalltown

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MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (KCCI) - Businesses are continuing to rebuild nearly two months after an EF3 tornado ripped through Marshalltown.

Although debris and remnants of old businesses, houses, and other buildings in the town are still able to be seen, KCCI reports the Marshalltown square and many businesses have reopened.

"I was here during the tornado. We had six customers in the basement and two dogs," Tyler Peters, the owner of Brown Shoe Fit said.

Peters says since they reopened after the storm their customers have been amazing.

"They were understanding that sometimes you have to park a couple of blocks away to come see us, but they're awesome and keep trekking out to us," Peters said.

The Marshall County Courthouse is currently working on about $15 million worth of repairs after the tornado.

Hundreds of other homes in the town were also damaged in the storm, and some don't look like they are near completing the repairs on them.

Many hope a new federal disaster declaration by President Trump will speed up the recovery in Marshalltown, although it will take years for the city to be back to normal.