Tornado Recovery
9:21 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Moore Building Permits Increase

Officials in Moore say the city has issued a record number of building permits since the May 20 tornado that devastated the community.

Survivors of May's tornado look at a car damaged in the storm.
Survivors of May's tornado look at a car damaged in the storm.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

City officials say Moore issued 78 building permits in the last month — compared to 24 permits issued at the same time last year. Of those, 54 permits are for rebuilding and 24 are new construction.

Moore development services manager Shane Speegle says the pace of projects has picked up in recent weeks. He tells The Norman Transcript that the city has issued 218 storm rebuilding permits since the tornado struck.

But officials say it's just a start — the Federal Emergency Management Agency estimates that 1,300 homes were destroyed in the storm.

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