Tornado damaged homes sit unrepaired more than a year later

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MOORE, Okla. - As Moore rebuilds from the deadly May 20th tornado, there are signs of fresh starts everywhere.

New homes are rising from the ground in many different neighborhoods.

But it's hard to believe that more than a year after the storm, some homes still sit in disrepair.

Earlier this year, the city sent out 181 condemnation notices.

Most of those came down without the city having to get involved.

Others, the property owners are still working on.

The city says they've had to step in and demolish homes.

City Manager Steve Eddy says two more are scheduled to be demolished by the city.

"It's not our intent to tear houses down. We don't want to. But it is also our job to get these neighborhoods back in shape," said Eddy.

One of the homes left to come down is a house on Post Oak Lane where the homeowner is in a dispute with his insurance company.

The other, is on Westmoore Drive, and it's owned by an out-of-state bank that's not responding to letters from the city.

Heath Castor lives just behind the one on Westmoore Drive.

"It's just an eyesore. I mean you can tell people keep up their properties here," said Castor.

He's ready for it to come down.

The City of Moore has issued 578 building permits for new homes that were destroyed in the storm.

Considering there were 1100 wiped out by the tornado, they're about halfway back.

Eddy says that is encouraging news for neighborhoods slowly coming back to life after the devastating storm.

The two houses left to be demolished are expected to be taken down sometime in the next two weeks.

MORE: Insurance company sues Moore homeowner 

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