Community welcomed back after storm destroys small Bertram business


BERTRAM, Texas (KXAN) — A small business owner opened up shop on Saturday a year after tornado-like weather ripped through her small Central Texas town.

The rebuild process hasn’t been easy for Amanda Powell, but in Bertram, where everyone knows everyone, the community rallied together to make it happen.

Amanda Powell Owner of The Bertram Blend & Boutique. KXAN/Kaitlyn Karmout

“A wall on our building was gone and the whole kitchen collapsed,” said Powell. “We were in shock. This is Texas, not Oklahoma.”

Powell’s small business, the Bertram Blend and Boutique, welcomed a community of people back on Saturday. It took her months to find affordable material, contractors and a new place to build.

“Everything is so high right now and everybody is so busy. We had a hard time trying to find the material, but you just have to figure it out,” said Powell.

In its initial investigation, the National Weather…

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