KENTWOOD and WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- One year ago Monday, a twister damaged dozens of homes and businesses in Kentwood and Wyoming.
WZZM 13 is taking a closer look at the progress that's been made cleaning up and rebuilding those communities.
Deep-rooted wounds take time to heal. In Kentwood, that means 12 months of stitching a community back together. The recovery from last summer's tornado was largely driven by a grassroots effort.
"Seconds after the tornado came by, neighbors were out with flashlights, literally climbing on trees and brushes, knocking on people's doors," said Kentwood's Mayor Stephen Kepley.
Now, one year after the devastating tornado, Kepley says a handful of the more than 80 damaged homes in his city still need to be repaired. The reason for the delays, he says, is the insurance companies.