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Mayor G.T. Bynum felt a surreal moment Thursday as he stood a floor above the city’s emergency operations center and reflected on the past year to reporters and the public tuning in on social media.A year ago to date, he was surveying tornado damage in north Tulsa when summoned to the emergency operations center. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planned to open Keystone Lake’s dam and release water that could turn into a flood situation.
A yearlong deluge of hardships flowed and hasn’t ceased. But the resiliency and progress of Tulsa haven’t, either.“It’s amazing the dichotomy there of the opportunities that Tulsans have pursued over the last year in the midst of natural and economic disasters, and I think that says so much about our community,” the mayor said.A tornado. Historic flooding. Tornadoes during the flooding. An energy industry battered by international relations and a global pandemic. The pandemic struck locally and ushered in a nationwide public health and economic crisis.Whew. Take a breath.Bynum then highlighted that WPX Energy is investing $100 million into its new headquarters in downtown. USA BMX broke ground on its $23 million Olympic training …
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