Volunteers provide food, care also in wake of Iowa tornadoes

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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.

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