RFP Presents

The Parkersburg Tornado

An Iowa Story of True Grit


© Gerald Rowles 2008
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Spirit of 2008

As Far as the Eye Can See

Nature's Toys Tossed





Memories Become Rubble
A Mile Wide Path of Destruction

Nothing But Debris

With Effortless Destruction

Saved for Another Day

Life's Joys are Precious and Fragile


A Monument to Nature's Power



Cherished Classics Crushed


Careful Piles of What was Home
At the Edge of Destruction





Nature Quickly Moves In













The Church Still Stands



To Rebuild Its Homes



Everywhere You Look, Parkersburg Begins to Rebuild

The Grand Piano Lies in the Street












3 Months Later - The Church Neighborhood
3 Months Later - Like A Rock
3 Months Later - Nearly Restored

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