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'It's Deja Vu all over again': Marshalltown cleaning up following 99 mph winds

A EF3 tornado tore the town apart in 2018, now residents are living through another disaster.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — Just over two years ago, Marshalltown was in the middle of cleaning up after a EF3 tornado tore through the town. Monday night, residents found themselves doing it all over again.

Straight-line winds slammed into the state Monday morning, leaving tons of damage.

"It's kind of like Yogi Berra was quoted as saying, 'It's Deja Vu all over again,'" said Marshalltown Mayor Joel Greer. 

"There is a lot of damage, really high winds, and so yeah, this hurts." 

Greer said it looks like the path of the damage may be more widespread this time around. 

"Fortunately we've been through it before so we know what to expect, and we've got the right people handling it," Greer said. 

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But this time around, Greer says it'll be entirely up to the people of Marshalltown to pick up the pieces.

"Last time when there was a tornado, we had cars coming in, we had emergency vehicles coming in from all sorts of small towns and other counties around here," Greer said.  "[This time] they all got hit, so they are all staying put."

The devastation left an eerie sense of familiarity for those who lived there when the tornado hit. For those who didn't, it's something different entirely.

Luis Mora bought a home in Marshalltown just last month, and he and his wife have only been living there for a matter of weeks.

Now, they're left without power, but also left without any other options.

"We don't have another place to go right now," Mora said.  "We're gonna stay here."

Meanwhile, just a few blocks down, Harry and Betty Gray had to snap photos for insurance purposes after lost tree limbs scattered the front and back of their house.

"We ended up with a pair of cutters so we can get the front door open, because the only one we could get out of was the back garage door," Harry Gray said.

Mayor Greer says while the damage is widespread, he knows as long as they stick together, the resilience of Marshalltown's people will shine through this time around, too.

"Rely on your neighbors and families and friends like we did last time," Greer said.