Hard to believe that one year ago tonight was Good Friday. My parents were at church. I was at work. My family was at home. And they were right in the path of a tornado that cut across north St. Louis County.
We’ve come quite a ways since that day.
As part of the Post-Dispatch’s tornado anniversary coverage, I helped produce some ‘then and now’ photo sliders for different communities affected by the tornado.
I decided to try the same technique with a couple photos of my own house, as well as some satellite images from map websites. You can see them below.
I also produced a map of tornado-damaged properties using data provided by St. Louis County. You can even locate my house on it (we get a red dot – level 3 damage).
A couple notes. The second photo pairing is a bit misleading because we actually built an addition on the house, so the house is longer than it was before.
Also, the final pairing is not a “then and now,” but a “before and after.” Yahoo maps is currently using satellite imagery taken before the tornado hit. Google’s current imagery, on the other hand, is from afterward. I can’t tell exactly when the Google image was captured, but perhaps September. Both our trees are cut down and removed, there is no tarp on the house, and I believe the addition is built and roofed.