Caraway rebuilding after the storms
The city of Caraway has had a stormy year starting with an Oct. 31, 2013, tornado destroying most of the buildings along Main street, damaging several residences, and taking out trees.
The community came together and clean-up efforts began and are still ongoing.
Caraway also received additional wind damage to several buildings and residences this year.
Caraway Mayor Barry Riley said it has been a difficult year but Caraway is rebuilding. The highway department will start the bid process this month for new streets and sidewalks on Main Street. Mayor Riley said a large hardware store is being constructed by Monte Emery.
"The frame was up and strong winds took it down but it has been rebuilt and will be an asset to the community," Mayor Riley said. "It will carry Hardware, supplies, tires, and much more. Basler Electric building will also be turned over to the city later this month. The sanctuary of the First Baptist Church (located on Main street) is almost complete. We also have a new car wash located in front of the rodeo arena owned by Kyle and Hailey Faulkner. Heritage Bank building received damage from the winds and had to close. We are hopeful the bank will rebuild in town.
"The new waterlines and fire hydrants have are in along Main street. The new sidewalks will be completely handicapped assessable. We also will be rebuilding the small gazebo park on Main street. Everyone is working steady to rebound from the storms."
In spite of the difficult year, city leaders and the Lions Club members hosted the 68th annual Fourth of July Celebration in the park welcoming everyone home.