Kan. mayor speaks from experience about tornado recovery

Mayor Bob Dixson lectures Purdue class on tornado rebuild.
Mayor Bob Dixson lectures Purdue class on tornado rebuild.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A mayor from a Kansas town rebuilding from an F-5 tornado discusses recovery and green technology at Purdue.

In 2007, 95 percent of Greensburg Mayor Bob Dixson’s city was destroyed by a 2 mile-wide tornado. Currently, nearly 60 percent of the city has been rebuilt and has become a green model city.

Dixson’s lecture focused on the importance of community and how they are using green ways to rebuild. Dixson was in the area for a couple of days. He said he see similarities between the November tornadoes that hit the local area and the tornado that hit Greensburg.

“The common thread that runs through it all is — when you lose your property and there’s severe damage, it’s a tremendous loss no matter where it is in this country or around the world,” said Dixson.

Dixson spoke to more than 30 students at Potter Hall Tuesday. This the second year Dixson has given the lecture to students.

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