West Liberty pool damaged by tornado to re-open

There are still signs of destruction across West Liberty, but tomorrow will be a bright spot for the children of the town as the pool opens for the first time since the tornado.

"It's awesome! It's clean, no debris. It's one of those things you can look around and see that it's back completely 100%!" says Belinda Jordan, supervisor of the West Liberty pool.

After the West Liberty tornado devastated the town, finding a way to maintain normalcy for the children was a priority.

"They would just be hanging around town running around, probably mischief. Our main concern was we've got to make sure our youth have something for the summer," says Jordan.

Workers had to repair the roofs and install new electrical lines to the pool. Jordan says the opening is a moral victory for the community.

"They can look down here and see these kids doing something, enjoying themselves and things happening. I think that's real important to our community because when they start to see something like this, they feel like we're coming back and we will be back," she says.

Jordan says the pool is just the start.

"Free movie nights in the park since our movie theater's gone, storytelling in the park, maybe some concerts in the park, and have something all summer long and that will all be free," she says.

Tomorrow, admission to the pool will be free for everyone.


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