rebuilding News

‘Rebuilding Paradise’ Looks At Emotional Toll of Deadly Fire

SAN FRANCISCO — Almost two years since a wildfire swept through his mountain town and virtually wiped it out, Steve “Woody” Culleton got to put the final touches on his new home. Two redwood trees were planted in the ground, …

Floods Put Mississippi Capital in ‘Precarious Situation’

JACKSON, Miss. — With the waters in the Pearl River continuing to rise in and around Mississippi’s capital city and more rain on the way this week, the governor warned residents that it would be days before flood waters start …

Displaced Families Await Post-Quake Housing in Puerto Rico

PONCE, Puerto Rico — The Antonetti family sat in the shade of a tree eating orange slices while contemplating the long day ahead of them in a dusty parking lot in southern Puerto Rico. Behind them stood their temporary home: …

Rebuilding Aids Canada Town Scorched by Wildfires

After shuttering his lumber mill for nearly a month when it was surrounded by raging fires in northern Alberta, Northland Forest Products Ltd. President Howard Ewashko sees a silver lining: a pickup in business from rebuilding what was lost. “It …

5 Years After Blast, Fire Kansas Town Begins Downtown Rebuild

A $3.5 million project to rebuild a downtown block of a central-Kansas community officially gets underway this week, five years after an explosion and fire damaged several businesses. A groundbreaking ceremony is being held for the redevelopment project in Anthony, …

Tornado-Damaged Alabama Churches Reopen

Two Alberta churches that were destroyed by the tornado that decimated that section of the city on April 27, 2011, have reopened their doors after being displaced for nearly three years. The fact that this is home is like being …

Gulf Coast at the 6-Year Mark from Katrina

The Gulf Coast is marking the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with commemorations to honor those killed during the catastrophic storm that left New Orleans and dozens of coastal towns in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana devastated. Monday marked the passage …

Japan Towns Hit Hardest by Tsunami Stuck in Limbo

Gazing down on the gray, rubble-strewn valley, as a backhoe lifts twisted metal into one of hundreds of piles, Takako Abe clutches her walker and points to where her house once stood. From the same hill, she and scores of …

Joplin, Mo. Digs Out from Debris Two Months After Tornado

Signs of recovery are emerging in Joplin after a deadly May 22 tornado that devastated the city. Now, officials are considering how to improve Joplin while rebuilding it. More than half of the nearly 2 million cubic yards of debris …

Arkansas Church Rebuilding After Tornado

Members of a Baptist church in Hot Springs whose complex was destroyed by a tornado have started to rebuild. Walnut Valley Baptist Church pastor Tim Forest tells the Sentinel-Record the church received an “adequate” settlement with its insurance carrier after …