UPDATE: Lambert Airport Repairs Taking Shape after Good Friday Tornado
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ST. LOUIS-(KMOX)–Eight months after the Good Friday tornado shattered hundreds of windows and ripped the roof off a concourse, Lambert Airport is showing signs of progress.
Most of the custom-cut windows that broke in the main terminal have been replaced, and the sunlight is streaming in again as passengers pass through pulling suitcases.
“The public side of the terminal was certainly a wall of plywood,” said Lambert spokesman Jeff Lea, “Now, I think people can recognize what a great facility this is now that the sun is shining back inside.”
Work continues on Concourse C, where the fury of the storm tore open the roof.
Lea says the goal is to have all of the repairs complete by April 2012.
The cost of the repairs is estimated at $35 to $40 million. Lambert paid a $25,000 insurance deductible. The rest of damage, including loss to businesses in the terminal, is covered by insurance and a $75,000 payout from FEMA, Lea said.