Greensburg prepares for tornado anniversary next year

In this photo taken April, 18, 2014, wind turbines rise beyond a sign welcoming visitors to Greensburg, Kan. Seven years after an EF-5 tornado destroyed most of the community, Greensburg is one of the greenest towns in the country but struggles to regain residents that were displaced by the disaster. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
In this photo taken April, 18, 2014, wind turbines rise beyond a sign welcoming visitors to Greensburg, Kan. Seven years after an EF-5 tornado destroyed most of the community, Greensburg is one of the greenest towns in the country but struggles to regain residents that were displaced by the disaster. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

GREENSBURG, Kan. (AP) – The city of Greensburg is deep into planning for a May celebration to mark the 10-year anniversary of a tornado that nearly wiped the town off the map.

The May 4, 2007, tornado destroyed 95 percent of the town and killed 11 people. The celebration will focus mostly on what has been achieved since then and the city’s plans for the future.

The Hutchinson News reports that residents formed committees in December 2015 to plan the celebration.

One of the groups focused on public art. That committee agreed to install three stainless-steel sculptures along Main Street.

Committee member Kerri Ulrich says the idea was to install art that complements the message of survival and hope.

Grants will help pay for the artwork.