Lambert: Repairs from tornado may take a year

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The Associated Press

Posted on June 2, 2011 at 12:05 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 2 at 12:05 AM

 ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Officials at Lambert Airport in St. Louis say it could take up to a full year to fully recover from the April 22 tornado.  

The twister that damaged hundreds of homes in St. Louis County made a direct hit on the airport. No one was killed but the airport was badly damaged, especially Concourse C.  

Airport director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge told the St. Louis Airport Commission on Wednesday that preliminary engineering reports indicate restoration of Concourse C could take nine to 12 months. 

She says the structure is intact, but the roof must be replaced along with many of the windows in Terminal 1 that had been in place since 1956.  

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