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From Ruin to Rebirth: 8 American Towns Rebuilt After Disaster

Bob Vila Logo By Manasa Reddigari of Bob Vila | Slide 1 of 16: On the evening of May 4, 2007, Greensburg residents witnessed a punishing weather event—the most powerful twister in almost a decade—when an EF5 tornado (the most damaging on the Enhanced Fujita scale) struck the town of 1,265 and then traveled some 22 miles, hitting Main Street, the downtown, and surrounding homes, schools, and businesses. By the time the dust had settled, the twister had leveled 95 percent of the Western Kansas town and caused an estimated $268 million in damage.Related: 15 Household Items That Could Save Your Life

Before: Greensburg, Kansas

On the evening of May 4, 2007, Greensburg residents witnessed a punishing weather event—the most powerful twister in almost a decade—when an EF5 tornado (the most damaging on the Enhanced Fujita scale) struck the town of 1,265 and then traveled some 22 miles, hitting Main Street, the downtown, and surrounding homes, schools, and businesses. By the time the dust had settled, the twister had leveled 95 percent of the Western Kansas town and caused an estimated $268 million in damage.

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