Jefferson City looks forward to continued recovery one month after tornado

8 months 1 week 1 day ago Thursday, June 20 2019 Jun 20, 2019 Thursday, June 20, 2019 8:03:00 PM CDT June 20, 2019 in News
By: Claire Bradshaw, KOMU 8 Reporter
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JEFFERSON CITY - Saturday marks one month since the devastating EF-3 tornado hit Jefferson City.

Businesses like Special Olympics Missouri, whose training facility suffered broken windows and damaged roofs, still don't know the cost of damage.

"After an initial report from our engineers, we are happy to report that the Training for Life Campus is not a total loss," said Susan Stegeman, SOMO President and CEO.

Downtown on Capitol Avenue, a GoFundme has been set up for $55,000 to help with restoration. So far, they've only raised $2,250. Historic City of Jefferson Foundation President Steve Veile said the clean up has been a process.

"We did immediate clean up after the tornado although there's still a lot left to do," Veile said. "We're still pretty much on the front end and it's going to be a year or more before a lot of this stuff if truly resolved."

The Riley car dealership got attention when cars were destroyed and the building was torn apart. Carey Riley, a co-owner of the auto group, said they're thankful to have a new building for the time being. 

"Recovery has been quite a project, a lot of clean up with a lot of help from our employees," Riley said.

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