Missouri base replacing tornado-wrecked housing - KMOV.com

Missouri base replacing tornado-wrecked housing

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (AP) -- Officials at Missouri's Fort Leonard Wood are aiming to have soldiers displaced by a tornado more than a year ago moving into new housing by August.

The sprawling Army post in south-central Missouri was hit by an EF-3 tornado on Dec. 31, 2010. About 30 homes were destroyed and more than 60 others were badly damaged in a neighborhood occupied mainly by officers and their families.

KSPR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/w00gJz ) that preliminary work is under way to rebuild the neighborhood. Construction manager Jason Hughes says water mains and sewer lines will be built next, and crews hope to begin pouring foundations for duplex homes in April.

Hughes says a downstairs bathroom in each unit will serve as a storm shelter, with wood wrapped in steel and bolted to the concrete structure.

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