Friday marks 16 years since devastating Hoisington tornado

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HOISINGTON, Kan. (KAKE) -

Sixteen years ago, the town of Hoisington was ravaged by an EF-4 tornado that destroyed nearly 200 homes and a dozen businesses. One man was killed.

Right away, the community pulled together. Volunteers from across the state stepped in to help. Within weeks, the debris was cleared away, and residents started their plans to do what many thought was impossible: move forward and rebuild.

Evidence of damage and destruction is long gone. Businesses have been rebuilt, and families have new places to call home.  But residents say that Saturday night is forever etched in their memories.

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