Volunteers provide food, care also in wake of Iowa tornadoes

Several tornadoes tore through Iowa on Thursday, including one that sent six people to the hospital with injuries, officials said.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – Businesses, groups and volunteers are pitching in to provide more that cleanup in the wake of tornadoes that destroyed buildings, trees and vehicles in central Iowa earlier this week.

In Marshalltown, a city of 27,000 that was hardest hit, a meatpacking plant provided hot meals to those in need at the local YMCA on Saturday. The Times-Republican reports that the Animal Rescue League was working with Marshall County Emergency Management and a local veterinary clinic to care for any animals following the tornado Thursday that devastated parts of downtown.

The Marshalltown tornado was among a flurry of unexpected twisters that swept through central Iowa on Thursday, injuring at least 17 people and flattening buildings in three cities, including Pella and Bondurant.