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Joplin Rebuilds

Updated on May 29, 2012
Demolition begins on the Joplin High School.
Demolition begins on the Joplin High School.
Businesses rebuilding all over town.
Businesses rebuilding all over town.
Messages of encouragement made by school children are displayed all over the tornado zone.
Messages of encouragement made by school children are displayed all over the tornado zone.
Large cleared areas remain empty in the middle of town.
Large cleared areas remain empty in the middle of town.
A mixed landscape of rebuilt and cleared buildings.
A mixed landscape of rebuilt and cleared buildings.
Reminders of a life suddenly changed within a few seconds.
Reminders of a life suddenly changed within a few seconds.
Some haunting structures still hold their ground, bringing back vivid memories.
Some haunting structures still hold their ground, bringing back vivid memories.
The tragedies of that day are still all around us.
The tragedies of that day are still all around us.
All kinds of work continues at a steady pace.
All kinds of work continues at a steady pace.
A "for sale" sign reminds of people and families that have moved, and are rebuilding their lives somewhere else.
A "for sale" sign reminds of people and families that have moved, and are rebuilding their lives somewhere else.
Many churches are still in temporary locations
Many churches are still in temporary locations
Some new businesses bravely pioneering in an empty zone.
Some new businesses bravely pioneering in an empty zone.
Others rebuild on the same site.  Each re-opening is an encouragement to the community that lost so much.
Others rebuild on the same site. Each re-opening is an encouragement to the community that lost so much.
Some businesses have been in alternate locations for nine months.
Some businesses have been in alternate locations for nine months.
Many pets were lost or displaced, some never found, some never claimed, some given up by owners who no longer had a place to keep them.
Many pets were lost or displaced, some never found, some never claimed, some given up by owners who no longer had a place to keep them.
As the rebuilding continues the job market continues to improve.
As the rebuilding continues the job market continues to improve.
Storm shelters have become a booming business.  The overall rebuilding plan includes some public storm shelters.
Storm shelters have become a booming business. The overall rebuilding plan includes some public storm shelters.
The view into the rebuilt Walmart shows everything sparkling new and bright.
The view into the rebuilt Walmart shows everything sparkling new and bright.
But the view out the door shows a devastated landscape still.
But the view out the door shows a devastated landscape still.
View from the parking lot.
View from the parking lot.

For more on the Joplin tornado, see Joplin EF5 Tornado - My Story.

See also: Joplin Tornado Unity Walk

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