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Center Point recovering after January 2012 tornado

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A tornado ravaged Center Point in January, 2012. (abc3340.com) A tornado ravaged Center Point in January, 2012. (abc3340.com)

Center Point is celebrating a final piece of its rebuilding phase following the January 2012 tornado. The EF-3 storm damaged 350 houses and 60 businesses. Today, a Wells Fargo bank reopened its doors to customers at a new location.

Not only did they re-open the doors, wells fargo presented center point elementary school with a fifteen-thousand dollar check. Construction workers are busy fixing the roof, windows, and walls of the school for it's grand re-opening. City leaders say it's all a sure sign that center point is on its way back.

"Everything is new and better than what it was actually when the tornado came through. And this is one of the last pieces of the puzzle," said Mayor Tom Henderson.

Henderson says the re-opening of the new Wells Fargo branch is critical to Center Point's economic well-being.

"When they bank, they're going to do business close to where they bank. And if they go out of town to bank that takes people away from our business district," he said.

Henderson says the majority of the sixty Center Point businesses destroyed by the tornado are back up and running. However, Center Point Elementary School is still a work in progress. But to help them along, Wells Fargo presented principal Laura Kirkpatrick with a fifteen-thousand dollar check.

She says it will be used to purchase digital learning tools.

"We're doing a lot of digital learning with our kids. And there are so many expenses that come along with that, and this donation goes a long way with helping us do what's best for out kids," said Kirkpatrick.

Kirkpatrick says the school is expected to be complete by January 2014.

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