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Recovery board created to help Mapleton

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A year later there's still work to be done in the town of Mapleton, Iowa. And, a recently created group hopes to help fund it.

Mapleton was struck by an EF3 tornado April 9th of 2011. The storm hit homes, businesses and the school with winds up to 165 miles per hour. No one was killed or seriously hurt, but an estimated 120 houses were destroyed.

In January, the town established the Rebuild and Recover Mapleton Board. Its 19 members will work to collect grants and other funds to help fix city infrastructure, like streets, walkways, and signs.

They're also looking at bringing in Habitat For Humanity to help six families who are still searching for housing.

"Working with Habitat for Humanity on the 14th of March so that we can to make some plans for how we're going to either build houses, bring houses in, and what are we going to do with empty lots," said Board President Marie Whiteing.

The board expects to be around for three to seven years. They say they'll start looking for grants in 2013.

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