Joplin Tornado: One Month Later

St. Mary’s Catholic Church

It is hard to believe that a month has passed since the city of Joplin was devastated by an EF-5 tornado.  Over the past month we have seen the resurgence of a community.  There are reports of rebuilding, clean-up, and many incredible stories of survival.  Today we pause to reflect on the tragedy and remember those who were lost.  The Joplin Globe ran a number of stories today, including these numbers which put the intensity of the storm in perspective:

-Preliminary damage estimate: $3 billion

-Cubic yards of debris removed (so far): 597,500

-Cars destroyed: 18,000

-Homes destroyed: 6,954

-Homes damaged: 875

-Jobs affected: 5,000

-Businesses affected: 500

-Injuries: 1,150

-Deaths: 155

I know that Joplin will continue to rebuild and emerge from this disaster a stronger community, my only regret is that I am not there to help.

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