Six weeks after Good Friday storms, Bridgeton begins to rebuild
By KMOV Web Producer
(KMOV)-- Much of the St. Louis region is still rebuilding from the Good Friday storms.
Beaverton Drive in Bridgeton was one of the hardest hit areas that night, after an E-F 4 tornado touched down destroying dozens of homes.
Many people on Beaverton Drive lost their homes and everything inside them. Six weeks later, the street still looks far different than it once did.
After the storms, many residents left for a while, but are now starting to return. They are assessing the damage and finally getting contracts approved for new homes.
"Considering everything I think we’re doing alright. Contractors are busy all over the place, but we have the new roof on the house and half the windows in. Today we get the rest of the windows put in,” resident Alf Stole said.
Construction on Patty Fay’s new house is set to begin any day now, but she grieves for what her neighborhood looked like before the tornado.
"It’s sad to see the homes gone and the devastation. It hurts a lot to see the woods behind my house gone because I loved the nature and the wildlife that once existed back there," Fay said.
The city has gotten about 80 percent of the damage cleaned up thanks to more than 1,100 volunteers.
FEMA is reimbursing the city 75 percent of cleanup costs.