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Collection: Iowa 2008 Tornadoes and Flooding - 10 Years Later

Updated visual collection of the DR1763 Disaster Declaration
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junio 21, 2018
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  • <p>Parkersburg, IA, May 10, 2018 - Ten years after an EF-5 tornado destroyed one-third of Parkersburg, Iowa, the city is rebuilt and on the grow. Seven people died, more than 50 were injured and more than 350 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed. Parkersburg City Hall was destroyed. Nearly all structures have been replaced and city&#39;s population has grown from about 1,900 in 2008 to more than 2,000 in 2018. The rebuilt city hall houses city offices, the police department and economic development department. FEMA provided assistance with individual needs and repairing or replacing damaged infrastructure,including City Hall, the high school, fire station and parks. Photo by Barb Sturner/FEMA</p>

    10 Years After Tornado - Parkersburg, Iowa

    Photo by Barb Sturner

    Parkersburg, IA, May 10, 2018 - Ten years after an EF-5 tornado destroyed one-third of Parkersburg, Iowa, the city is rebuilt and on the grow. Seven people died, more than 50 were injured and more than 350 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed. Parkersburg City Hall was destroyed. Nearly all structures have been replaced and city's population has grown from about 1,900 in 2008 to more than 2,000 in 2018. The rebuilt city hall houses city offices, the police department and economic development department. FEMA provided assistance with individual needs and repairing or replacing damaged infrastructure,including City Hall, the high school, fire station and parks. Photo by Barb Sturner/FEMA

  • <p>Parkersburg, Iowa - May 10, 2018 - Ten years after an EF-5 tornado destroyed one-third of Parkersburg, Iowa on May 25, 2008, the city is rebuilt and on the grow.&nbsp; Seven residents died and more than 50 were injured.&nbsp;Nearly&nbsp;400 houses were destroyed, leaving about 1,000 residents homeless.&nbsp; Now, the majority of homes have been rebuilt.&nbsp;&nbsp;The city&#39;s population has grown from about 1,900 in 2008 to more than 2,000 in 2018. FEMA provided assistance with individual needs and repairing or replacing damaged infrastructure,including City Hall, the high school, fire station and parks. Barb Sturner/FEMA</p>

    10 Years After Tornado - Parkersburg, Iowa

    Photo by Barb Sturner

    Parkersburg, Iowa - May 10, 2018 - Ten years after an EF-5 tornado destroyed one-third of Parkersburg, Iowa on May 25, 2008, the city is rebuilt and on the grow.  Seven residents died and more than 50 were injured. Nearly 400 houses were destroyed, leaving about 1,000 residents homeless.  Now, the majority of homes have been rebuilt.  The city's population has grown from about 1,900 in 2008 to more than 2,000 in 2018. FEMA provided assistance with individual needs and repairing or replacing damaged infrastructure,including City Hall, the high school, fire station and parks. Barb Sturner/FEMA

  • <p>Parkersburg, IA, June 15, 2018 - Ten years after an EF-5 tornado devastated Parkersburg, Miracle Park is a popular recreation area. The park was destroyed when the tornado slammed into Parkersburg, killing seven, injuring more than 71 and destroying more than one-third of the community (pop. 1,900). Re-establishing a playground and park area was a city priority. With the help of donations, volunteer labor and FEMA funding, two playgrounds and various picnic shelters were rebuilt. The park was renamed &#39;Miracle Park&#39; because residents considered it a miracle that no children were killed in the tornado. Photo by: Barb Sturner/FEMA</p>

    10 Years After Tornado - Still a Miracle in Parkersburg, IA

    Photo by Barb Sturner

    Parkersburg, IA, June 15, 2018 - Ten years after an EF-5 tornado devastated Parkersburg, Miracle Park is a popular recreation area. The park was destroyed when the tornado slammed into Parkersburg, killing seven, injuring more than 71 and destroying more than one-third of the community (pop. 1,900). Re-establishing a playground and park area was a city priority. With the help of donations, volunteer labor and FEMA funding, two playgrounds and various picnic shelters were rebuilt. The park was renamed 'Miracle Park' because residents considered it a miracle that no children were killed in the tornado. Photo by: Barb Sturner/FEMA

  • <p>Parkersburg, IA, June 15, 2018 - A remembrance insignia still flanks ambulances and fire trucks in Parkersburg 10 years after a deadly EF-5 tornado slammed into the central Iowa communiity of 1,900. Seven were killed, more than 71 injured and more than one-third of the ciity destroyed on May 25, 2008. Today, the communiity has rebuilt and continues to grow. FEMA was among the federal agencies that provided assistance to individuals and the local govnerment to rebuild. Photo by Barb Sturner/FEMA.</p>

    Remembering a Deadly Tornado

    Photo by Barb Sturner

    Parkersburg, IA, June 15, 2018 - A remembrance insignia still flanks ambulances and fire trucks in Parkersburg 10 years after a deadly EF-5 tornado slammed into the central Iowa communiity of 1,900. Seven were killed, more than 71 injured and more than one-third of the ciity destroyed on May 25, 2008. Today, the communiity has rebuilt and continues to grow. FEMA was among the federal agencies that provided assistance to individuals and the local govnerment to rebuild. Photo by Barb Sturner/FEMA.

  • <p>Parkersburg, IA, May 10, 2018 - Ten years after an EF-5 tornado destroyed one-third of Parkersburg, Iowa, the city is rebuilt and on the grow. Seven people died, more than 50 were injured and more than 350 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed. Nearly all structures have been replaced and city&#39;s population has grown from about 1,900 in 2008 to more than 2,000 in 2018. FEMA provided assistance with individual needs and repairing or replacing damaged infrastructure,including City Hall, the high school, fire station and parks. Photo by: Barb Sturner/FEMA</p>

    10 Year After Tornado - Parkersburg, Iowa

    Photo by Barb Sturner

    Parkersburg, IA, May 10, 2018 - Ten years after an EF-5 tornado destroyed one-third of Parkersburg, Iowa, the city is rebuilt and on the grow. Seven people died, more than 50 were injured and more than 350 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed. Nearly all structures have been replaced and city's population has grown from about 1,900 in 2008 to more than 2,000 in 2018. FEMA provided assistance with individual needs and repairing or replacing damaged infrastructure,including City Hall, the high school, fire station and parks. Photo by: Barb Sturner/FEMA

  • <p>Parkersburg, IA, June 15, 2018 - Ten years after an EF-5 tornado devastated Parkersburg, Miracle Park is a popular recreation area. City Administrator Chris Luhring and resident Amy Truax helped spearhead an effort to re-establish playground areas in the park, which was destroyed when the tornado slammed into Parkersburg on May 25, 2008, killing seven, injuring more than 71 and destroying more than one-third of the community (pop.1,900). With the help of donations, volunteer labor and FEMA funding, two playgrounds and various picnic shelters were rebuilt. The park was renamed &#39;Miracle Park&#39; because residents considered it a miracle that no children were killed in the tornado. Photo by: Barb Sturner/FEMA</p>

    10 Years After Tornado - Still a Miracle in Parkersburg, IA

    Photo by Barb Sturner

    Parkersburg, IA, June 15, 2018 - Ten years after an EF-5 tornado devastated Parkersburg, Miracle Park is a popular recreation area. City Administrator Chris Luhring and resident Amy Truax helped spearhead an effort to re-establish playground areas in the park, which was destroyed when the tornado slammed into Parkersburg on May 25, 2008, killing seven, injuring more than 71 and destroying more than one-third of the community (pop.1,900). With the help of donations, volunteer labor and FEMA funding, two playgrounds and various picnic shelters were rebuilt. The park was renamed 'Miracle Park' because residents considered it a miracle that no children were killed in the tornado. Photo by: Barb Sturner/FEMA

  • <p>Parkersburg, IA, June 15, 2018 - Ten years after an EF-5 tornado devastated Parkersburg, Miracle Park is a popular recreation area. The park was destroyed when the tornado slammed into Parkersburg, killing seven, injuring more than 71 and destroying more than one-third of the community (pop. 1,900). Re-establishing a playground and park area was a city priority. With the help of donations, volunteer labor and FEMA funding, two playgrounds and various picnic shelters were rebuilt. The park was renamed &#39;Miracle Park&#39; because residents considered it a miracle that no children were killed in the tornado. Photo by: Barb Sturner/FEMA</p>

    10 Years After Tornado - Still a Miracle in Parkersburg, IA

    Photo by Barb Sturner

    Parkersburg, IA, June 15, 2018 - Ten years after an EF-5 tornado devastated Parkersburg, Miracle Park is a popular recreation area. The park was destroyed when the tornado slammed into Parkersburg, killing seven, injuring more than 71 and destroying more than one-third of the community (pop. 1,900). Re-establishing a playground and park area was a city priority. With the help of donations, volunteer labor and FEMA funding, two playgrounds and various picnic shelters were rebuilt. The park was renamed 'Miracle Park' because residents considered it a miracle that no children were killed in the tornado. Photo by: Barb Sturner/FEMA

  • <p>Parkersburg, IA, June 15, 2018 - Ten years after an EF-5 tornado devastated Parkersburg, Miracle Park is a popular recreation area. The park was destroyed May 25, 2008 when the tornado slammed into Parkersburg, killing seven, injuring more than 71 and destroying more than one-third of the community (pop. 1,900). One feature of the park is a plaque to thank the many volunteers who came to help Parkersbrg recover. With the help of donations, volunteer labor and FEMA funding, two playgrounds and various picnic shelters were rebuilt. The park was renamed &#39;Miracle Park&#39; because residents considered it a miracle that no children were killed in the tornado. Photo by: Barb Sturner/FEMA</p>

    10 Years After Tornado - Still a Miracle in Parkersburg, IA

    Photo by Barb Sturner

    Parkersburg, IA, June 15, 2018 - Ten years after an EF-5 tornado devastated Parkersburg, Miracle Park is a popular recreation area. The park was destroyed May 25, 2008 when the tornado slammed into Parkersburg, killing seven, injuring more than 71 and destroying more than one-third of the community (pop. 1,900). One feature of the park is a plaque to thank the many volunteers who came to help Parkersbrg recover. With the help of donations, volunteer labor and FEMA funding, two playgrounds and various picnic shelters were rebuilt. The park was renamed 'Miracle Park' because residents considered it a miracle that no children were killed in the tornado. Photo by: Barb Sturner/FEMA

  • <p>Parkersburg, IA, June 15, 2018 - MidWestOne Bank is shown 10 years&nbsp;after an EF-5 tornado killed seven people, injured more than 71 and destroyed more than one-third of Parkersburg (pop. 1,900) on May 25, 2008.&nbsp; The bank&nbsp;is one of the 22 tornado-damaged businesses along Iowa Highway 57 that were damaged or destroyed.&nbsp; All&nbsp;but one&nbsp;of the 22 businesses&nbsp;have reopened. Photo by: Barb Sturner/FEMA.</p>

    10 Years After Tornado - Parkersburg, Iowa

    Photo by Barb Sturner

    Parkersburg, IA, June 15, 2018 - MidWestOne Bank is shown 10 years after an EF-5 tornado killed seven people, injured more than 71 and destroyed more than one-third of Parkersburg (pop. 1,900) on May 25, 2008.  The bank is one of the 22 tornado-damaged businesses along Iowa Highway 57 that were damaged or destroyed.  All but one of the 22 businesses have reopened. Photo by: Barb Sturner/FEMA.

  • <p>Parkersburg, IA, June 15, 2018 - A cornfield grows in a residential area that has rebuilt in the 10 years since an EF-5 tornado slammed into Parkersburg on May 25, 2008, killing seven, injuring more than 71 and destroying more than one-third of the city. Most of the destroyed housing has been rebuilt, but on one set of lots, corn now grows instead. Insurance, private funding, FEMA and the State of Iowa helped fund the city&#39;s recovery. Photo by Barb Sturner/FEMA</p>

    10 Years After Tornado - Parkersburg, Iowa

    Photo by Barb Sturner

    Parkersburg, IA, June 15, 2018 - A cornfield grows in a residential area that has rebuilt in the 10 years since an EF-5 tornado slammed into Parkersburg on May 25, 2008, killing seven, injuring more than 71 and destroying more than one-third of the city. Most of the destroyed housing has been rebuilt, but on one set of lots, corn now grows instead. Insurance, private funding, FEMA and the State of Iowa helped fund the city's recovery. Photo by Barb Sturner/FEMA

  • <p>Parkersburg, IA, June 15, 2018 - A new sports complex is underway 10 years after an EF-5 tornado slammed into Parkersburg on May 25, 2008. Seven were killed, more than 71 were injured and more than one-third of the city was destroyed. Today, the city is rebuilt and on the grow. The sports complex is an example of new growth the city has been experiencing in the wake of the tornado. Photo by: Barb Sturner/FEMA.</p>

    10 Years After Tornado - Parkersburg, Iowa

    Photo by Barb Sturner

    Parkersburg, IA, June 15, 2018 - A new sports complex is underway 10 years after an EF-5 tornado slammed into Parkersburg on May 25, 2008. Seven were killed, more than 71 were injured and more than one-third of the city was destroyed. Today, the city is rebuilt and on the grow. The sports complex is an example of new growth the city has been experiencing in the wake of the tornado. Photo by: Barb Sturner/FEMA.

  • <p>Parkersburg, IA, June 15, 2018 - A new pocket park and prairie plantings revitalize a tornado-ravaged highway corridor in Parkersburg after an EF-5 tornado killed seven, injured more than 71 and destroyed more than one-third of the ciity on May 25, 2008. The park is part of a $3.5 million transportatoin grant to develop a streetscape along Iowa Highway 57 that helped restore the corridor after the tornado. Photo by Barb Sturner/FEMA.</p>

    Revitalized Corridor 10 Years After Parkersburg, Iowa Tornado

    Photo by Barb Sturner

    Parkersburg, IA, June 15, 2018 - A new pocket park and prairie plantings revitalize a tornado-ravaged highway corridor in Parkersburg after an EF-5 tornado killed seven, injured more than 71 and destroyed more than one-third of the ciity on May 25, 2008. The park is part of a $3.5 million transportatoin grant to develop a streetscape along Iowa Highway 57 that helped restore the corridor after the tornado. Photo by Barb Sturner/FEMA.

  • <p>Parkersburg, IA, June 15, 2018 - A new pocket park and prairie plantings revitalize a tornado-ravaged highway corridor in Parkersburg after an EF-5 tornado killed seven, injured more than 71 and destroyed more than one-third of the ciity on May 25, 2008. The park is part of a $3.5 million transportatoin grant to develop a streetscape along Iowa Highway 57 that helped restore the corridor after the tornado. Photo by Barb Sturner/FEMA.</p>

    Revitalized Corridor 10 Years After Parkersburg, Iowa Tornado

    Photo by Barb Sturner

    Parkersburg, IA, June 15, 2018 - A new pocket park and prairie plantings revitalize a tornado-ravaged highway corridor in Parkersburg after an EF-5 tornado killed seven, injured more than 71 and destroyed more than one-third of the ciity on May 25, 2008. The park is part of a $3.5 million transportatoin grant to develop a streetscape along Iowa Highway 57 that helped restore the corridor after the tornado. Photo by Barb Sturner/FEMA.

  • <p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">In the summer of 2008, much of the state of Iowa was under siege from tornadoes, severe storms and flooding.&nbsp; As a result, 85 of Iowa&rsquo;s 99 counties were designated for federal disaster assistance.&nbsp; Beth Freeman experienced the 2008 flooding first-hand when her community of Cedar Rapids was devastated.&nbsp; She then went on to oversee FEMA funding for thousands of recovery projects throughout the state.&nbsp; Hear her story &hellip; and how a decade of resilient actions has better prepared Iowa for future disasters.</p>

    10 Years After Disaster: A First-Hand Look at Iowa’s Historic Flood Recovery

    Audio by Barb Sturner

    In the summer of 2008, much of the state of Iowa was under siege from tornadoes, severe storms and flooding.  As a result, 85 of Iowa’s 99 counties were designated for federal disaster assistance.  Beth Freeman experienced the 2008 flooding first-hand when her community of Cedar Rapids was devastated.  She then went on to oversee FEMA funding for thousands of recovery projects throughout the state.  Hear her story … and how a decade of resilient actions has better prepared Iowa for future disasters.

  • <p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">In the summer of 2008, the University of Iowa suffered a disaster beyond imagination.&nbsp; The usually scenic Iowa River that winds through campus became a formidable enemy to the state&rsquo;s largest higher-education institution when it raged beyond its banks to historic flood levels, damaging more than 22 campus buildings.&nbsp; The university had to move quickly &ndash; not only to stay in business but to begin what would become an eight-year journey of recovery.&nbsp; University Architect Rod Lehnertz, who led the campus restoration, tells that story of recovery, the lessons learned and how the university is fighting back to minimize the impact of future floods.&nbsp;</p>

    10 Years After Disaster: The University of Iowa Stands Tall in Flood Protection

    Audio by Barb Sturner

    In the summer of 2008, the University of Iowa suffered a disaster beyond imagination.  The usually scenic Iowa River that winds through campus became a formidable enemy to the state’s largest higher-education institution when it raged beyond its banks to historic flood levels, damaging more than 22 campus buildings.  The university had to move quickly – not only to stay in business but to begin what would become an eight-year journey of recovery.  University Architect Rod Lehnertz, who led the campus restoration, tells that story of recovery, the lessons learned and how the university is fighting back to minimize the impact of future floods. 

  • <p style="margin-left:0in; margin-right:0in">The summers of 1993 and 2008 have one thing in common:&nbsp; Historic, devastating floods.&nbsp; The state of Iowa was severely impacted by both events.&nbsp; John Miller had a unique, front-row seat to both disasters &ndash; first as a FEMA Regional Administrator who oversaw the agency&rsquo;s role in much of the 1993 flood recovery for four Midwestern states &ndash; and then as a local official for Black Hawk County, Iowa in 2008 when floods would again devastate the state.&nbsp; Hear his unique perspective of how two events, 15 years apart, caused changes to better protect lives and property, and the steps others can take to continue forging a more resilient nation.&nbsp;</p>

    Living History: How Two Devastating Disasters Changed Iowa and the Nation – For the Better

    Audio by Barb Sturner

    The summers of 1993 and 2008 have one thing in common:  Historic, devastating floods.  The state of Iowa was severely impacted by both events.  John Miller had a unique, front-row seat to both disasters – first as a FEMA Regional Administrator who oversaw the agency’s role in much of the 1993 flood recovery for four Midwestern states – and then as a local official for Black Hawk County, Iowa in 2008 when floods would again devastate the state.  Hear his unique perspective of how two events, 15 years apart, caused changes to better protect lives and property, and the steps others can take to continue forging a more resilient nation. 

  • <p>Iowa City, IA, June 12, 2018 - A new Hancher Auditorium is shown 10 years after historic flooding devastated the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City, Iowa. The previous performing arts complex, consisting of Hancher Auditorium, Voxman School of Music and Clapp Recital Hall was so damaged that two of the three buildings were replaced. The new 188,000-square-foot building features an 1,800-seat theater, a separate rehearsal room and administrative offices. The new Hancher, which opened in September 2016, also has been better protected from future flooding. FEMA&rsquo;s Public Assistance program funded a large portion of the building&rsquo;s $176 million cost. The State of Iowa provided a cost-share as well. (Photo by Steve Zumwalt - FEMA)</p>

    Hancher Auditorium

    Photo by Steve Zumwalt

    Iowa City, IA, June 12, 2018 - A new Hancher Auditorium is shown 10 years after historic flooding devastated the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City, Iowa. The previous performing arts complex, consisting of Hancher Auditorium, Voxman School of Music and Clapp Recital Hall was so damaged that two of the three buildings were replaced. The new 188,000-square-foot building features an 1,800-seat theater, a separate rehearsal room and administrative offices. The new Hancher, which opened in September 2016, also has been better protected from future flooding. FEMA’s Public Assistance program funded a large portion of the building’s $176 million cost. The State of Iowa provided a cost-share as well. (Photo by Steve Zumwalt - FEMA)

  • <p>Iowa City, IA, June 12, 2018 - A new Hancher Auditorium is shown 10 years after historic flooding devastated the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City, Iowa. The previous performing arts complex, consisting of Hancher Auditorium, Voxman School of Music and Clapp Recital Hall was so damaged that two of the three buildings were replaced. The new 188,000-square-foot building features an 1,800-seat theater, a separate rehearsal room and administrative offices. The new Hancher, which opened in September 2016, also has been better protected from future flooding. FEMA&rsquo;s Public Assistance program funded a large portion of the building&rsquo;s $176 million cost. The State of Iowa provided a cost-share as well. (Photo by Steve Zumwalt - FEMA)</p>

    Hancher Auditorium

    Photo by Steve Zumwalt

    Iowa City, IA, June 12, 2018 - A new Hancher Auditorium is shown 10 years after historic flooding devastated the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City, Iowa. The previous performing arts complex, consisting of Hancher Auditorium, Voxman School of Music and Clapp Recital Hall was so damaged that two of the three buildings were replaced. The new 188,000-square-foot building features an 1,800-seat theater, a separate rehearsal room and administrative offices. The new Hancher, which opened in September 2016, also has been better protected from future flooding. FEMA’s Public Assistance program funded a large portion of the building’s $176 million cost. The State of Iowa provided a cost-share as well. (Photo by Steve Zumwalt - FEMA)