Bridgeton marks one-year anniversary of Good Friday tornadoes

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Posted on April 22, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 23 at 6:24 AM

BRIDGETON, Mo. (KMOV) -- A community still rebuilding from the Good Friday tornadoes marked the one-year anniversary of the storms on Sunday.

Some houses in Bridgeton remain virtually untouched since the storms, while others are in various stages of construction. For the lucky residents, their homes are nearly restored.

The tornadoes damaged 600 buildings in Bridgeton alone. Mayor Albert Kelly said the city may seize and demolish at least two homes that are not being repaired.

"There are a couple of houses yet where there are severe problems where they couldn't reach a settlement with the insurance company," he said. "At some point we'll have to move, and we have started on a couple, but of course we'll do it legally."

Most damaged homes are repaired or close to rebuilt, but it has not been an easy journey for Bridgeton residents.

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