(Extensions of Remarks - May 23, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E743]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]



                          HON. BRUCE L. BRALEY

                                of iowa

                    in the house of representatives

                         Thursday, May 23, 2013

  Mr. BRALEY of Iowa. Mr. Speaker, May 25th, 2008, a devastating 
tornado ripped through northeastern Iowa. This was the strongest to hit 
Iowa in 32 years and the most powerful tornado in the United States 
that year, leaving a path of devastation throughout Iowa's First 
District. Five communities--Dunkerton, Hazelton, New Hartford, Lamont, 
and Parkersburg, Iowa--suffered massive damage. Eight people lost their 
lives, 50 businesses were destroyed, and thousands of homes were 
severely damaged.
  Five years later, the memory of the tornado is still fresh in the 
minds of many Iowans. But tremendous progress has been made since then. 
Parkersburg is a model for recovery after a natural disaster. Through 
community service the town has rebuilt and come together to improve the 
lives of its citizens and its community.
  I also want to acknowledge the tragic events in Oklahoma. The people 
of Iowa stand in solidarity with those affected by the devastation 
caused by the tornado. Our hearts and prayers go out to them. We take 
solace in knowing that if communities like Parkersburg can rebuild 
after such tragedy, then there is hope for the people of Oklahoma.
  These communities have shown incredible strength and resolve in the 
face of such a terrible catastrophe. As we look to the future, we must 
never forget the service and sacrifice made by those who have rebuilt 
and revitalized Parkersburg.