(CBS) — With a long, harsh winter finally over, residents in downstate Washington have resumed the rebuilding process in earnest, nearly five months after the town was devastated by a tornado.
“We smell sawdust now,” Washington Mayor Gary Manier said. “Now you hear the sounds of airguns, and backup alarms on trucks. It’s just going to be one of those sounds of summer coming up that the folks in Washington are going to really appreciate, and love to hear and smell this new construction. We’re moving forward.”
WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports the town has issued 496 building permits, but Manier noted that’s not even half of the number of homes destroyed by the twister.
Approximately 1,100 homes were severely damaged or destroyed when a tornado swept through Washington on Nov. 17.