VERNONIA, Ore. A town hit by two 500-year floods within 11 years has taken a big step toward finally getting back to normal.

Vernonia opened new schools and community center Tuesday, five years after its most recent bout with historic flooding.

A special ceremony to dedicate the new buildings drew hundreds of residents, along with U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, former Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski and other community leaders.

The town was devastated by flooding in 1996 and then 2007. The floods damaged all of the town s schools and much of its infrastructure.

Five years and thousands of man hours after the last flood, the city is ready to celebrate. City leaders said the new buildings will restore the heart of the town.

Background: Flood-ravaged Vernonia getting new school

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