North Mpls. Continues to Rebuild 3 Years after Tornado

Updated: 05/22/2014 9:35 PM
Created: 05/22/2014 6:44 AM
By: Jennie Olson

It only took six minutes, but that was enough time for a tornado to rip through North Minneapolis and cause unbelievable damage.

Thursday marks three years since the devastating tornado, and the recovery process is still ongoing.

The 2011 tornado not only wiped out homes and entire neighborhoods across North Minneapolis, but it also uncovered the root of many problems in the area, showing the community needed a lot more change to happen in order to repair and rebuild.

The tornado damaged nearly 4,000 homes in the city. According to the Northside Community Response Team, nearly 70 percent of the people who live in the area hit the hardest rely heavily on government assistance. Many depended on that help long before they were faced with rebuilding their lives.

To address that, the Workforce Investment Network was created, which is a program funded by grants to help those living in North Minneapolis get placed in better, higher-paying jobs so they can become more self-sufficient during the rebuilding process.

Thursday is also the anniversary of the tornado that devastated Joplin, Missouri. Three years ago, an EF-5 tornado tore through the town, killing 158 people and injuring more than 1,000.

See a 2011 slideshow of the damage:

See a 2012 slideshow from the one-year anniversary:

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