Parkersburg … here I come.

One of the RAGBRAI pass through towns will be Parkersburg. Parkersburg was leveled by a tornado in 2008.

The Des Moines Register writes

The town lost 288 homes in the tornado but 250 have already been rebuilt or are under construction. “We want to be a disaster-recovery model for other towns,” said Chris Luhring, the former police chief. “We are hoping to have displays set up to see what it actually looked like.”Twelve businesses also rebuilt and new ones opened, including Matt’s Bar and Grill and Legend Trail Clubhouse.

In just two years Parkersburg has come along way back. It will be very interesting to see.

I might even have to wet my whistle at Matt’s Bar and Grill.


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