Business & Politics

July 27, 2011

Bouncing Back

Local businesses strive to recover after May 24 tornado


Grand Assembly of God Church

They were forced to move to a new location at the high school until all their damage was repaired. After considerable repairs and a new roof, they are now back into their building and are conducting services as usual.

The Winds of Oakridge Apartments

Damage to this business was estimated at 3.4 million dollars. The 10 buildings in the front section all required new roofs. Manager Tiffani Felt said the insurance process required a considerable wait, so the owners of the housing addition fronted the money to conduct the repairs on the buildings in an effort to speed the process for residents to return to their homes.

Felt said she would like to thank all the residents who have patiently waited to be placed in an apartment once again. To date, 11 residents have been brought back and two more families are still on a waiting list.

The five apartment buildings in the back have been determined to be damaged beyond repair and will be torn down and completely rebuilt. The estimated completion time for this project is the end of August. The insurance has recently paid and work can now be done, Felt said.


The Book Storeand Juanette’s Tax Service

This building was severely damaged by the tornado. Part of the roof over the book store section had caved in. Juanette Gardner said that it took two months to find a place but that she is extremely happy with their new address at 628 Chickasha Ave.

“It’s an old building and I love old buildings.” Gardner said it shouldn’t take much longer to get all the books cleaned and back on the shelves. “We’re just happy to be here,” she said.

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