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St. Louis Airport open, neighborhoods start rebuilding after tornado

The airport that sustained heavy damage during Friday's tornado near St. Louis is up and running, and neighborhoods in the storm's path are taking their first steps on the long road to recovery.

Planes were taking off Sunday at St. Louis' Lambert Airport.  Less than 36 hours before, it was pounded by what officials are calling the strongest tornado to hit the area since 1967.

As workers continue to clean up the mess the twister left, the airport is handling about 70% of its normal schedule.  Officials say it may take a few days to get the airport fully up and running.

"I think it's amazing, when I take a look at where we stood here on Friday night," airport director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge said.

In nearby neighborhoods, rebuilding may take a little while longer. The storm damaged more than 750 homes.

In Bridgeton, Missouri, which was battered by an EF-4 rated tornado, residents who lost everything are finding gratitude.

"This much devastation we could've lost lives, so we're just grateful that our family's fine and our neighborhoods are fine," homeowner Marcy Baker said.

"Many times I've wanted to take a bulldozer to this house, and I've gotten my wish. The man cave survived, all the Hawaiian shirts my husband collects are intact, they're intact," homeowner Mary Ellen Norton-Hayes said.

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