West Liberty still rebuilding one year later

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

The tornado that hit Morgan County one year ago on March 2nd was an EF3, a very strong tornado that is rare in this area.

The cleanup started almost immediately, and while the community is still building back there is life again on Main Street.

"When I looked over and saw the destruction it was just like someone had set a bomb off in West Liberty," said Belinda Jordan, reflecting on that day. "I really think that even though our town was taken, that God was protecting the people. It was material things that he was taking, and he was definitely protecting the people."

Many businesses have opened up on Main Street in the past week.

The first was Red Rooster Antiques, which actually expanded their business.

"We're hoping that we show there is still life in downtown West Liberty," said Eddie Granger.

Julie Lane just opened up a floral shop on Thursday, but her business was not there before the tornado.

She says she is excited about being a part of the new West Liberty.

"I think when the town comes back, it is going to be better than it ever was before the tornado," said Lane.

Businesses owners saying they are looking forward, but they will never forget that day and the lives that were lost.

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