Rebuilding continues in Pretty Prairie after summer microburst

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Taken the day after the storm on July 24, 2013

Taken the day after the storm on July 24, 2013

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PRETTY PRAIRIE, Kan. (AP) -- Five months after a microburst caused major damage to the south-central Kansas town of Pretty Prairie, the rebuilding effort is showing mixed results.

The local steakhouse, which serves as a gathering place for leaders in the town of about 600 residents, reopened last week. But the town's theater is still in ruins. Both buildings on Main Street were closed after two storms packing hail and 80 mph winds hit last July 23.

The Hutchinson News reports that the Pretty Prairie Steakhouse and Lil' Rascals Lounge reopened, thanks to insurance money and help from volunteers in the town.

The Pretty Prairie Civic Theatre has remained closed since the storm because of structural damage. Before the storm, residents gathered on Saturday nights to watch classic movies.

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