Joplin, Missouri – From Rescue to Recovery
Five days after an EF5 tornado carved a swath of destruction through the heart of Joplin, Missouri, the city continues to dig out and plan its recovery. Two sweeps through the affected area have been completed by search and rescue teams using cadaver dogs. Five areas have been identified for further investigation. 126 deaths are currently being reported, with 6,800 homes destroyed.
The list of the missing hovers around 250 names at this time but many of these people appear to have just been out of contact. Media reporters were able to locate several of them easily when they investigated the list. Joplin officials have repeatedly asked residents to contact authorities and verify their safety. Update: 156 missing on list, 90 found.
Restoration of utilities continues. Empire Electric is reporting that 8-10,000 sites that may be without electric for some weeks. They have already replaced over 1,000 poles. The natural gas company, MGE, is working on a grid format in Joplin, ensuring that supply lines are capped while clearing and recovery operations are conducted. Of 40 grid squares, less than 16 remain to be made safe.
EMS command was closed on Thursday, May 26. St. John’s Hospital remains badly damaged and open to a limited number of seriously ill patients at this time. The hospital will open a mobile hospital on Saturday, May 28.
- City of Joplin on Facebook
- Missouri National Guard on Facebook
- State of Missouri Joplin tornado website
- Joplin, MO Tornado Recovery on Facebook
Table of contents for Joplin Tornado 2011
- Joplin Missouri Struck By Tornado
- Sunrise in a Shattered Joplin Missouri
- Joplin Reels From Yesterday’s Tornado
- Joplin Continues to Dig Out After Record Tornado
- Joplin, Missouri – From Rescue to Recovery
- Marine protects family from Joplin tornado
- Joplin Update – 2 weeks after the tornado
- Corps of Engineers helps Joplin recover
- New Beginning for Joplin After the Tornado
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