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New homes have been built on the Kawacatoose First Nation following a tornado in 2010. (CBC)

Residents of the Kawacatoose First Nation, which was ravaged by a tornado in 2010, are moving into newly built homes.

The move-in day was celebrated Wednesday as 18 houses were ready for people to occupy.

The community lost 18 homes to the tornado. Another six were severely damaged. At the time, an estimated 82 people were left homeless.

Residents were able to retrieve some personal belongings from the ruins and, about two weeks after the tornado hit, temporary trailers were available to people.

Rebuilding the lost homes began in the fall of 2010, but some of the work was delayed by flooding in early 2011.

The Kawacatoose First Nation is about 120 km north of Regina, near Raymore, Sask.