LYONS - The town of Lyons plans to welcome nearly half of its residents back this weekend, after the entire town was asked to evacuate last month. It's a sure sign some communities are rebuilding faster than expected.
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According to Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen, there are currently 68 residents living in the normally 2,000 person town.
This weekend, 850 additional residents will be welcomed back home.
"That's huge! That's 40 percent of our community!" Simonsen said. "I kind of made a promise to the community that I would have them home for the holidays".
Simonsen is well on track to follow through with that promise. After this weekend, 300 additional residents will be welcomed back next weekend. The weekend after that? Another 300.
"I'm going to see people, and I'm just going to tear up," said John Collins, who moved back to Lyons a few weeks ago.
The town plans to have sewer, water and gas to several communities restored by this weekend before the 850 people move back home.
"It's all about coming home to your family," Simonsen said.
Simonsen said she plans to have every resident back in Lyons by Thanksgiving.
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