Sand Springs reflects one year after tornado hit

Posted at 3:18 PM, Mar 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-25 16:18:37-04

It’s been one year since an EF-2 hit Sand Springs.

According to the National Weather Service, the twister traveled nine miles in three minutes, killing one person and injuring another 30. 

The tornado produced winds more than 100 miles per hour with an estimated peak between 125 and 135. The tornado moved southeast across the Arkansas River, according to the NWS, then moved eastward across River Oaks Mobile Home Park where dozens of homes were destroyed. The tornado again crossed the river and headed toward Sand Springs where it dissipated just before it reached Highway 97.

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Places like the building that Aim High Dance Academy practiced in were ruined. Thankfully, a year later, the town and the people have recovered and rebuilt their lives.

Recently Aim High received $1 million to create an entirely new place to practice and further programming.

The City of Sand Springs posted on Facebook Friday saying the community and volunteers came together to restore the baseball fields just in time for the upcoming season.

In the post it said "Today marks one year since a tornado hit the community. In true Sand Springs fashion, our employees and volunteers came together to rebuild. Proof of community pride can be seen in the restored baseball fields that open this week! ?#‎SandSpringsOK? ?#‎SandSpringsPride?."


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