La Plata Before and After Images
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The Town of La Plata in Charles County, MD
The town of La Plata, established in 1888 covering 1268 square miles with a population of 8,753 , was struck by a category F4 tornado on April 28, 2002. The tornado, which traveled 26 miles through Charles County leaving a swath of destruction 3 football fields in width, left the town with massive property damage exceeding $100 million.
Martins Gas Station and Convenience Store
Martins, located in the 300 block of Charles Street near Washington Avenue, was completely destroyed and was one of the first businesses to be rebuilt in town.
La Plata Police Department and Community Center
The U.S. Post Office, located in the 100 block of La Grange Avenue, was one of many office buildings destroyed along La Grange Avenue. The building was rebuilt to serve as the town's Police Department and Community Center.
La Grange Avenue
Property owners worked with the town to rebuild these office buildings along La Grange to comply with the design guidelines in the Vision plan. Structures were relocated to the front property line with parking in the back.