A year after the tornado, progress and challenges on the North Side

This morning, City leaders planted a tree on the North Side to mark one year since the tornado that struck the community. It's just one of more than 3,000 new trees that will be planted this year in the storm-damaged area. The City encourages everyone to mark one year since the tornado by committing to service in north Minneapolis, or in their own communities. Thousands of volunteers have already helped clean up and rebuild the North Side, and many more helping hands will be needed into the future.

The area struck by the May 22, 2011 tornado is home to about 7,000 properties. Of those, about 3,700 were damaged by the storm. In the year since the tornado, the City, many government and non-profit partners, and thousands of volunteers have worked together to help people get back on their feet and rebuild a stronger north Minneapolis.

Rebuilding and reinvesting

By the end of April 2012, residents and property owners had made repairs and improvements to the vast majority of properties. So far:

To learn more about the tornado recovery in north Minneapolis, see the May 2012 Tornado Recovery Update.

Published May 22, 2012