A Year After Tornado, Reading Sees Recovery

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Monday, May 21, 2012

A year after a tornado dealt what some thought was a final blow to the east-central Kansas community of Reading, residents are proud of their recovery.

An EF-3 tornado hit the Lyon County community last May 21. It killed one person, demolished 54 of the town's 101 homes, nearly all of its businesses and its post office. The damage was estimated at more than $2.2 million.

Only two families didn't rebuild and all the town's businesses stayed.

Only post office's fate is uncertain, and that's because the U.S. Postal Service has not decided whether to rebuild it.

City Council president Bill Paige says the town is planning a new community building, with a safe room and large meeting space, in the city park.

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