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Cordova Demolition Underway

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Demolition got underway in Cordova Tuesday. ( Demolition got underway in Cordova Tuesday. (

Large machinery began tearing down old buildings in Cordova's downtown district Tuesday morning. 

The main street structures were severely damaged after tornadoes swept through the area almost two years ago. 

"Obviously this has been a longtime coming for us because we have been waiting for two years for closure just from what the devastation was down here," said Drew Gilbert, Mayor of Cordova. 

Money for the project wasn't approved by FEMA until earlier this year. 
People who gathered to watch the demolition watched as their memories fell to the ground. 

"It kind of makes me sad on one token and happy on the other," said Sheri Phillips, who lives in Cordova. 

Another bystander shared his thoughts. 
"I worked in Cordova Drug since September of 99'. So, I opened that door they just demolished and closed it a lot and locked it back everyday," said Eric Short.  

The demolition will give way to new facilities for the city's government and emergency services.  Construction on a new grocery store is slated for the summer. ABC 33/40 has also learned the project will take roughly 60 days to complete. 


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