Return from Joplin, Missouri, Tornado


A photo of Nebraska DaveThose that read my last post know that I was bound for Joplin to help those in need from damage from the tornado.  I have returned with a very different perspective on what is important in life.  Everything can be taken away in just a mater of a couple minutes.  It's hard to imagine how anyone can recover from such emotional trauma in their lives.  The emotional and topographical scars from this tragedy will linger in this on for many many years to come.

On May 22nd, one of the single most destructive tornadoes tore through Joplin, Missouri.  This massive tornado destroyed everything in its path.  Nothing was left untouched.  The following picture is just a small snapshot of a path one mile wide and two miles long.  After home owners are done with finding anything they want to keep the dozers come in a push everything out to the curb for the trucks to haul away to the landfill.  Eventually all that will be left in this zone will be the streets.  Many people that have been affected will be taking whatever money they can get from insurance and buying another house.  The overall attitude of this area is one of hope and positive recovery attitude.

 Joplin Missouri Tornado Destruction 

This is the now famous St. John's Mercy Hospital.  The destructive power of the tornado blew out the windows of this building and generated enough lift on the building to twist the building four inches off the foundation.  The incredible power of this tornado was unbelievable.  You can see in the foreground what happened to many cars that were around or near the hospital.

St Johns Mercy Hospital 

This is a hospital truck the was probably down by the hospital was rolled up the hill and hurled against this tree with such force that it wrapped the frame around the tree.  It looks to be an average 26 foot straight truck with a steel frame.

Mary Carton
7/2/2011 9:00:45 AM

The high school in Phil Campbell AL sustained heavy damage in the April 27 storms. The band room destroyed along with all instruments. Here is a link to how they are trying to restart the band.,0,1738726.story

Nebraska Dave
6/29/2011 11:30:02 PM

Mountain Woman, I saw the pictures of the flood damage on your personal blog. The flood waters did some really major road damage. It's pretty scary how fast nature can destroy what took man months or years to build. I'm glad to hear that no one was killed in your flood. We are still having flood issues here with the Missouri river. The north/south Interstate 29 from Omaha is closed due to water over the road both to the north and to the south. I'm always glad to hear about neighbors pulling together to overcome the bumps in life's road. Have a great Vermont farm day.

Mountain Woman
6/27/2011 11:59:05 AM

Dave, We just experienced serious flooding here. So terrible it took out most of the roads and bridges and it will be quite some time before it is back to normal. We were stranded for a few days but it is because of neighbors helping neighbors, taking out our equipment and others doing the same that roads became passable when the towns were so busy coping with the main roads. However, as bad as our problem was there was no loss of life here. What happened in Joplin is so tragic and heartbreaking and I can't even begin to imagine the suffering. My heart goes out to the residents. It is because of people like you who who put faith into action this world is a better place. Bless you and all of you who care enough to make a difference.

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