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President Obama visits area damaged by tornado

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Vilonia, AR (CNN) - On Wednesday, President Barack Obama was in Arkansas getting a firsthand view of the damage left behind by a deadly tornado last month.

15 people died when the EF4 twister touched down in Vilonia with powerful winds.

The president praised the town for braving the storm and having the courage to rebuild.

President Obama said, "Here in Vilonia the recovery process is just beginning. It's especially difficult because this town has seen more than its fair share or tragedy. Almost exactly 3 years ago another tornado leveled parts of Vilonia and some families and businesses had just finished rebuilding when they were forced to start all over, but folks here are tough, they look out for one another and that's been especially clear over the past week."

The president also promised that the federal government would be there to support the town's recovery.

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