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PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. (WIAT) – At Hills Foodland in Pleasant Grove things are returning to normal. Managers say they are seeing a lot of new faces but less of their old patrons. They say many have moved on since the April 27, 2011 EF4 tornado. It ripped the roof off of the grocery store and it took them months to reopen. Shoppers say it was a big step to getting back on their feet to have Hills operational again.
Pleasant Grove got its name because of its oak trees. Now the community is wide open. Any remaining trees in the tornadoes path look like a giant stick with leaves growing off of them. Evidence of a twister with winds of 170 mph. One family was sucked from their safe spot in their bathroom. Homes are being rebuilt but there are many vacant lots.