A Greener Greensburg Two Years After Tornado
Two years ago this week, on the night of May 4, 2007, a 1.7-mile wide EF5 tornado destroyed 95 percent of the two-mile wide town of Greensburg, Kansas. Because of modern warning systems from the National Weather Service and the dedicated work of meteorologists and storm spotters, the town was given 26 minutes of warning time and many lives were spared. Unfortunately, 11 people did lose their lives.
The town has since begun the rebuilding process, but with the vision of a different town than that which was destroyed: one that is safer and environmentally sustainable. Last fall, I visited Greensburg and saw first-hand the town's initiative to strengthen community and rebuild as a model "green" town.
Keep reading for more photos from my tour and some related links...
More about the Greensburg Tornado and Rebuilding Process
National Weather Service, Dodge City, Kansas: www.crh.noaa.gov/ddc/
Greensburg Green Town: www.greensburggreentown.org/
Greensburg Sustainable Buildings Database: http://greensburg.buildinggreen.com/
Official Website of Greensburg, Kansas: www.greensburgks.org/
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