2. The Aftermath
The explosion and fire ultimately took 8 innocent lives, destroyed 38 homes, damaged many more, and changed a neighborhood forever.
In the weeks following the explosion, virtually the entire City organization focused solely on meeting the varied needs of the Crestmoor neighborhood. Our dedicated staff worked tirelessly, with little sleep the first few days and many did not have a chance for any time off for a year or more. The needs of the neighborhood were many - demolition and cleanup of the neighborhood, temporary repairs to our damaged infrastructure, long term temporary shelter for displaced residents, assistance on how to navigate the insurance bureaucracy, funding for extended counseling and support to figure out how to repair and rebuild damaged and destroyed homes among many others.