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City leaders, airport officials mark 1-year anniversary of Lambert tornado

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- City leaders and airport officials on Friday came together on the first anniversary of the Good Friday tornado that struck Lambert Airport to talk about the rebuilding efforts. 

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

While much of the extensive damage throughout the airport has been rebuilty, not everything is back to normal.

Officials say that’s because they have prioritized the repairs and that some of the construction currently underway is not related to the tornado.

“If you look at the fact that there are still houses in the area with blue tarps on their roofs and to think we’ve rebuilt a good portion of this airport in 12 months is pretty amazing,” said Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, director of Lambert Airport.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay agreed.

“When you think of the hundreds of windows that were broken out, the amount of things that were turned upside down and damaged and broken and out of place and what they’ve been able to accomplish, we’re very, very pleased with the result,” Slay said.

Officials also say the assessment period slowed things up for them, as it took three months simply to figure out what needed to be fixed.

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