Congressman Berry Visits Marmaduke

April 4, 2007 - Posted at 6:16 p.m. CDT

MARMADUKE-After a few greetings it was in the car for Congressman Marion Berry.

Wednesday afternoon he toured the progress of tornado ravaged Marmaduke. "Compared to what we were looking at a year ago, it's just a magnificent transformation," said Berry.

His words were encouraging to those who have worked hard in the community.

"We were real proud and he commented several times on how far we had come in one years time. He said it was mind boggling," said Greene County Judge, Jesse Dollars.

The ARI plant hasn't only recovered, but is now adding an addition to their facility.

"ARI is going to be a drawing point to bring some of the people back to the city of Marmaduke," said Dollars.

At a glance you would think some streets to hold new housing developments, but a look across the street still shows the work that needs to be done.

"It's frustrating to know they had to work harder than was necessary to get it done because they didn't get the help they should have gotten from the federal government," said Berry.

While the city of Marmaduke has come a long way, a major problem that still remains is the amount of debris blown around into ditches and revenes. It's creating some drainage issues and they are hoping that Congressman Berry can help them with that cleanup.

"He's the kind of person that's going to be able to assist us and get us the kinds of thing we need to survive here," said Marmaduke Mayor, Byron Phillips.

More than anything, they need the support.

"It's uplifting to know that somebody else is watching and asking questions and caring for us," said Dollars.

"t took a lot out of the community. Not just financially, but with sprits and morale. Having the congressman come in and show his interest and that he cares, that is going to lift everybody up," said Phillips.

Congressman Berry says he's dissapointed in FEMA's lack of support, but says he will continue to work with the federal and state governments to make any progress that he can.

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