READING, Kan — May 21, 2011 is a date residents of Reading, Kansas will not soon forget. One year ago, an EF-3 tornado killed one person, and destroyed or damaged half of the homes and businesses in the small Lyon County town.
This weekend, the residents mark the storm's anniversary, remembering how the tornado affected their lives, and celebrating the reconstruction of Reading.
As Reading residents sing the song ‘Count Your Blessings’ they think about their own blessings over the past year.
The community gathered Sunday for a special church service to reflect and celebrate surviving the EF-3 tornado that killed one person, destroyed homes and devastated the people.
“We're all survivors here, we all pulled together and look at us today,” said Reading resident Melissa Siler.
Today they are a happy, thriving--albeit small—community, but not unchanged. The town not only looks different but it also changed the people who live there.