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Parkersburg, Iowa Mayor Speaks

The mayor of Parkersburg, Iowa says he's grateful to people in his city's West Virginia counterpart, who have helped to provide tornado relief.

More than $10,000 was raised in a two-day donation drive at W.T.A.P's studios, for the victims of last weekend's Iowa tornadoes.

Among the more than 200 buildings destroyed was the Town Hall.

"We had to reach through the rubble, trying to find any of our books and our records," Mayor Robert Haylock said Thursday afternoon. "We were able to find the hard drive, on a couple of our computers, and we are having those downloaded or printed."

And, the mayor says the money Parkersburg, West Virginia raised will come in handy.

"Right now, we have a tremendous amount of people volunteering and helping out with the cleanup effort," the mayor said. "Right now, we need financial aid to help with some of the costs of the cleanup."

Haylock says the category five tornado wiped out most of the southern part of the town of more than a thousand residents.


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