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One year after the tornado, significant progress and major challenges

May 16, 2012 (MINNEAPOLIS) As the one-year anniversary of the May 22 tornado in north Minneapolis approaches, residents, businesses, non-profits, the City, the Park Board, and many other partners are making significant progress toward rebuilding and improving the areas hit hardest by the storm. At the same time, major challenges remain in the area, and property owners have not yet made repairs to their properties.

The attached fact sheet provides details on the extent of the destruction caused by the tornado and the level of rebuilding and reinvestments that have occurred thanks to volunteers and financial backing from individual property owners, government agencies, non-profit organizations, the philanthropic community and many others. Repairs to infrastructure damaged by the tornado, including traffic signals, streetlights, traffic signs, and sidewalks, were done throughout the summer of 2011 and were completed last year.

Marking the anniversary

The City will observe the anniversary of the tornado on May 22 by planting a tree at a property impacted by the tornado. Numerous community partners will hold their own anniversary events in the coming days. 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 in the coming months.

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Published May 16, 2012