May 4, 2007 will remain etched in the minds of many people, not just the citizens of Greensburg Kansas as folks from all over the world helped, in part, the rebuilding of the small western Kansas town. It's been five years now and below are some images of the rebuilding and changes that have taken place.
A story was done on the 1 year anniversary and it can be found here... http://www.crh.noaa.gov/images/ddc/News/Greensburg/Greensburg_1year_later.pdf
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There are still many stark reminders that the town was devastated by a horrific natural disaster as dead trees remain in some locations
Foundation of a home that was never rebuilt
The northwest side of Greensburg shows very little new construction
Extensive damage was done to the downtown area where only one building was not completely destroyed
Downtown before the tornado struck
Looking north on Main street in 2008 - a year after
Looking north on Main street as of May 5, 2012
High school In May 2007
Today there are homes where the high school once stood
The EF5 tornado took down the towns water tower at the site of the Big Well.
The water tower before the tornado struck.
After the tornado the tower lay in ruins
In May of 2008, the new water tower was up but yet to be painted.
As of May 5, 2012 even the "Big Well" attraction was nearly complete.
Some of the new buildings of Greensburg
Looking north from top of the visitors center
A year after the tornado
As of May 5, 2012
Northwest side looking south-southeast
Northwest side looking east
Jeff A. Hutton
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
(620) 225-6746 x 726