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Friday, June 11, 2010
Tiny Town Two Years After
This aerial photo was taken in November of 2008 by a local man. The empty blocks are where houses stood, and yet five months after the tornado the final demolition of the churches and the schools still needed to be done.
Today, June 11th, is the 2nd anniversary of the tornado. You can read the links in my sidebar under the heading of tornado memories if you want to see pictures and hear our story. I wrote about it in five installments last year. This post is about where we are today.
Where are we? Still in recovery mode. There are a lot of new homes; yet, there are still quite a few empty lots. We still go to school in trailers-- and will continue to do so this fall.
Our church should be finished by mid-summer! I can't wait.
Our schools, on the other hand, are a little futher behind. The hope is that the building will be complete by the first of next year. They have built a few extra teacher workdays into the winter break, so teachers can have our rooms ready to start 2nd semester in a new building.
This is the front of the new high school. It is kind of hard to picture the final result right now (And how sad is that that there is bindweed making itself at home on the contruction fencing?! Yep, the fence has been there awhile!)
The photo above shows the three wings of the new high school. My wing is the middle one. I have no idea which room will be mine, but it doesn't really matter--it won't be in a trailer!
And this is a photo of our new middle school. As you can see, it looks like all the buildings are progressing at about the same rate.
Our new elementary school is in a new location. The construction crew for this building is the only one that doesn't have to attach to an existing structure, so their work should go a bit faster. However, new roads were needed.
This new road and sidewalk will go right past the new elementary, which was built on land that was previously a pasture on the edge of town.
They also paved an existing road and put in a sidewalk so that the town kids can walk to school via the back way.
We've come a long way in two years. Seeing the devastation during the first few days, it is hard to believe how far we've come.
However, I miss our old town. I miss the old homes and the shaded streets. I miss our old schools. There was so much history that went down with the buildings and trees.
I guess we've been writing a whole new history. And what a story to tell...!
We're lucky/fortunate/blessed to be here to tell it.