Residents of Parkersburg and nearby towns that were hit by an EF-5 tornado five years ago are remembering the events of that day, while following the latest developments in Moore, Oklahoma. A massive tornado demolished homes, schools, and everything else it’s path through Moore Monday afternoon.
On Tuesday, authorities said the Oklahoma twister killed at least 24 people, including 9 children. Parkersburg City Clerk Chris Luhring says he believes part of the healing process involves helping others when you can.
“I think our goal for Moore, Oklahoma is to feel our love and support and our prayers for them,” Luhring said. “We’ve sent groups to Joplin, Missouri and Mapleton (Iowa) in the past and people here don’t do it for the credit either. Sometimes, people are leaving and not telling anybody. They’re just telling their support group and trying to raise some funds.”
Luhring notes community members have been quick to respond when disasters like the Parkersburg tornado strike other areas of the country. “I would be shocked if we didn’t have some people right now trying to coordinate an event down to Oklahoma…when they’re ready for volunteers, and that’s important, to go when they’re ready,” Luhring said.
The tornado on May 25, 2008 killed 7 people in Parkersburg, while two died in nearby New Hartford. A private prayer service is planned for this Saturday to remember the victims. Luhring says most local resident are not interested in talking about what happened five years ago and would rather concentrate on the progress that’s been made.