Moore rebuilds after '99 tornado

By Ty McMahan Published: April 11, 2004
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City Manager Steve Eddy said increased sales tax revenue was a boon for the city, along with the traffic generated by insurance representatives and cleanup and construction crews.

Drake said the city has tried its best to spur financial recovery by waiving building permit fees and condemning slabs that have gone unprepared.

Recovery was also aided by an outpouring of support from across the world. Lewis said truckloads of lumber were delivered from Canada, and a small village in Mexico brought food to donate to the victims. He said people across the globe phoned their best wishes.

Drake said the key to recovery was the cohesiveness between city officials and the residents.

"They helped us more than we helped them," Drake said. "You have to admire people who have lost all their possessions and still keep a good attitude."

Lewis said it took the work of the entire community for the recovery effort to be successful.

"We're a much closer knit community now," Lewis said.

Eddy said that rebuilding Kelley Elementary, which was leveled by the tornado, "was important in getting that sense of neighborhood back."

Mayor Lewis marvels at the progress Moore has made since that fateful day.

"This city has come a long way since that day," Lewis said.

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