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Iowa town welcomes Tupelo mayor to talk about tornado recovery

Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton traveled to Marshalltown, Iowa on Thursday to give his advice about recovering from a tornado.

Posted: Feb 8, 2019 11:15 PM
Updated: Feb 11, 2019 9:11 AM

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (WTVA) - Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton traveled to Marshalltown, Iowa, on Thursday to give his advice about recovering from a tornado.

Shelton met with Marshalltown Mayor Joel Greer and talked about the recovery process.

"We are going to see the light at the end of the tunnel and with any luck, it won't be a train,” said Greer. “The town will be in better shape in a few years."

Marshalltown had been hit by an EF-3 tornado in July of 2018 that destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes and businesses.

Shelton has been through this before, having an EF-3 tornado come through Tupelo that damaged around 200 homes and at least 20 businesses.

"It's easy to get frustrated because the recovery takes time,” said Shelton. “The tornado sweeps in and out and leaves a trail of devastation. The recovery takes years and that just has to be something that we are all in it together."

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