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Prayer service held for Parkersburg residents

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PARKERSBURG (KWWL) -- Thursday marked the 5th night of a curfew in Parkersburg.

Electricity has been restored to most of the town, but clean-up efforts have been stymied by bad weather.

Thursday night, people went inside to get some of their spiritual needs fulfilled.

While chainsaws could be heard outside, the sounds of music and prayer could be heard inside Hope Reformed Church.

An inter-faith prayer service filled the pews.

"as a Christian family, we needed to come together to join in worship and praise for the blessings we have and each day he gives to us," says Rev. Neal Ooms of Hope Reformed Church.

"I spent Monday basically going around and giving people hugs and just doing what I could, praying with them, telling them we're here," says Rev. Ryan Zurbriggen of Calvary Baptist Church.

"We need help mentally. You look at the devastation and you say, "My goodness" and that only 4 people were killed is phenomenal. You need to come away and rest, and this is a good way to do it," says Jan Johnson.

Johnson's home wasn't hit by Sunday's tornado.

She's been helping friends and neighbors.

Governor Chet Culver attended the service.

He says while state and federal aid are on the way, volunteer help has meant a lot.

"The needs are real. And it reflects well on the state that so many people want to help in different ways," says Gov. Culver.

Meantime, Jan Johnson and others say the town will be back.

"We are survivors. We are survivors and we'll get through it, but we have to get through it first," says Johnson.

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters

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