Joplin Mo. Faces $3 Billion Price Tag for Disaster

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sunday’s massive tornado left six miles of roads, buildings and homes flattened by 200 mile per hour winds and killed at least 122 people. With over 2000 damaged buildings, including a complete shutdown of Joplin’s St. John’s Medical Center, the municipality is facing fiscal damages of at least $3 billion. Through it all, Joplin citizens are still trying to rebuild their lives. Rod Pace, helicopter medic for St. John's, is still working despite the damage done to his place of work. Rob O'Brian, president of the city's Chamber of Commerce discusses the impact on local businesses.


Rob O'Brian and Rod Pace

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [2]

Allen from Oklahoma City

As horrible as these events are, severe weather is a fact of life in this part of the country. We in central Oklahoma are just lucky it wasn't worse. One large tornado was following the track of the 1999 Moore tornado, which caused billions in damage, before it dissipated.

Climate change is real, but the weather has always been dangerous here.

May. 25 2011 10:14 AM
Barry from Huntington Woods, MI

Increasingly severe weather—floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, drought—all of this has been predicted for years by scientists as a consequence of global warming. As a news organization , it is your responsibility to dig beneath the headlines into underlying causes. You have mentioned in passing rising ocean temperatures and models that predict greater insurance costs. Please connect the dots for us. Global temperatures are expected to rise several more degrees in the coming decades—we are just beginning to see what this means!

May. 25 2011 09:49 AM

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