Archive for July, 2011

City provides update on tornado recovery efforts

July 29, 2011

On Thursday, July 28, City Manager Mark Rohr addressed the news media regarding the City’s work in the recovery efforts following the EF-5 tornado that tore through nearly 30% of Joplin. The tornado traveled roughly 13 miles and was one-half to three-quarters mile in width at times as it moved through Joplin, the City of Duquesne and both Jasper and Newton Counties. Rohr addressed the initial phases of search and rescue and search and recovery, noting the efficiencies and expertise Read More

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City opens all areas to new construction & reminds residents about appropriate debris items

July 29, 2011

As the City opens up building in all areas of the tornado-damage area, residents and volunteers are reminded to include only appropriate items when moving items to the public rights-of-way and curbsides for debris removal. Items remaining from new construction or repair projects are NOT allowed to be placed on the right-of-way. Yesterday, the City announced that all areas of the City are now eligible to obtain building permits for new construction, lifting the ban in the final area including Read More

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Aug. 26 is the Deadline to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans

July 29, 2011

COLUMBIA, MO. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urges Missourians who suffered damage or loss from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding and received a disaster loan application from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to complete and return the application by the Aug. 26, 2011, deadline. Completing and returning the application is a critical step in the recovery process. Many disaster survivors have received an SBA disaster loan application in the mail. It Read More

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Death toll reaches 160; 80 percent of debris area clear

July 29, 2011

Information taken directly from KOAMTV.com. The death toll from the Joplin tornado rises to 160. Joplin city officials announce the death toll along with other important information at a news conference. Officials say roughly 300 lots still have debris, but 80% of the areas is now clear. City Manager Mark Rohr says volunteers have played a huge role in this accomplishment. “Through Tuesday, we’ve had 6900 and 88 registered volunteers help the city and residents of the city of Read More

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Organization collects lost photos dispersed by tornado

July 29, 2011

The Lost Photos of Joplin Project is an all volunteer group that is collecting, preserving, and posting online the photos found in the debris during cleanup. The City of Joplin has named them the official archive for the found photos and have collected 15,000 photos so far. Their hope is to return all of the photos to the families. You can visit their website at www.joplinrescuedphotos.org or visit their Facebook page. The following is an article written by the Joplin Globe regarding the Read More

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VIDEO: A look inside one of Joplin High School’s temporary buildings

July 29, 2011

In this video, take a look at the construction that’s underway to transform an old retail store into Joplin High School’s 11th & 12th grade space. Read More

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FEMA Registration Deadline Extended to August 26

July 28, 2011

COLUMBIA, MO. — At the request of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended the deadline for renters, homeowners and business owners who suffered damage from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding to register for state and federal disaster assistance. The new deadline is Aug. 26, 2011. “If you had damage, you must register with FEMA by Aug. 26, 2011. Don’t prejudge your situation or feel that you may be taking something away from Read More

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