A delegation from Tuscaloosa is spending two days in Greensburg to see what they can learn about how to recover from devastating tornado damage.
A city councilman, planners and other representatives of Tuscaloosa arrived in Greensburg Thursday for a town hall meeting, tours of buildings and a series of round table discussions. They will depart on Saturday.
“We just want Tucaloosa to learn from our mistakes, and most of all from our successes,” Matt Deighton, who served as coordinator of volunteers after an EF5 tornado decimated Greensburg on May 4, 2007, said in a prepared statement.
The Tuscaloosa task force was set to tour Greensburg’s new hospital and schools, as well as its arts center and new houses.
A large tornado tore through Tuscaloosa and Birmingham on April 27, killing at least 65 people in in the two cities – 43 people in Tuscaloosa alone.
More than 1,000 people were injured in Tuscaloosa, at least 7,000 homes and businesses in the city were destroyed by the tornado, which was rated an EF4 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, with maximum winds estimated at 190 miles an hour. It was on the ground for more than 80 miles, and at one point was 1.5 miles wide.
The Greensburg tornado was rated an EF5, with maximum winds of 205 miles an hour. It grew to 1.75 miles wide and was on the ground for 28 miles. After destroying or damaging nearly 90 percent of Greensburg, it looped around north of town and fell apart just before striking the city a second time.