Parkersburg en The Aftermath of an EF5 Tornado <p>The deadly tornado earlier this week in Oklahoma recalls other recent tornado disasters in the Midwest. Today on River To River, host Ben Kieffer talks with survivors of the devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri in 2011…and the twister that struck the Parkersburg/New Hartford area here in Iowa 5 years ago. Some experts join the conversation as well, to shed more light on the effect of the EF5 tornado that tore through Oklahoma.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 19:39:17 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Ben Kieffer 21259 at The Aftermath of an EF5 Tornado Lessons Learned: Parkersburg 2013 <p>Residents of Parkersburg and nearby towns that were hit by an EF5 tornado five years ago are remembering the events of that day as information pours in from Moore, Oklahoma.&nbsp; Parkersburg City Clerk, Chris Luhring says he believes part of the healing process involves helping others when you can, " I think our goal for Moore, Oklahoma is to feel our love and support and our prayers for them, people here don’t do it for the credit, they’re just leaving in the middle of the night to help and to raise some funds<strong>." </strong>Seven people were killed in Parkersburg and two died in near Tue, 21 May 2013 20:40:46 +0000 Pat Blank 21134 at Lessons Learned: Parkersburg 2013 Summer Series: Disaster Recovery <p>A tornado devastated Parkersburg in 2008, fire gutted Grinnell in 1889, and in the 1980s Bell Plaine was laid low by the farm crisis. When disaster strikes, the repercussions can be felt for decades to come. We continue our series on Iowa towns, with communities that have been shaped by disaster.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 16:21:38 +0000 Charity Nebbe 4815 at Summer Series: Disaster Recovery