Removing debris from the May 22, 2011 tornado took a toll on roads in Duquesne. This afternoon (5/22), Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced Duquesne would receive a two million dollar grant to repair the most heavily damaged roads.
"This community got hit hard back then, and then as the debris was moved out, it damaged dramatically some of these streets. Those were not things that FEMA would cover or that normal kind of programs would cover, so we put together Community Development Block Grant monies to make sure we get these streets not only back to normal, but better than they were before."
Duquesne Mayor Lisa Daugherty tells News Talk KZRG they will begin taking bids in June and July and hope to have the repairs start later this summer.
Nixon also used the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the 2011 tornado to comment on Joplin's progress in rebuilding. "It's important to remember that we have rebuilt parks and schools, provided loans for homes and business owners to help get them back on their feet, rebuilt roads, sewers, sidewalks and other critical infrastructure, planted thousands of native trees, relocated playgrounds and a public library, helped hospitals and clinics get back to full strength to serve the physical and emotional needs of this community."
161 people died and a third of Joplin was destroyed in the EF-5 tornado that hit on May 22, 2011.
In celebration of Emergency Medical Services Week, Freeman Health System's Emergency Department held a cookout for their EMS personnel Friday. Director of Emergency and Trauma Services, Robert Denton tells News Talk KZRG the EMTs do a lot more than you could ever imagine.
"Often times people take the work they do for granted, and it's not always recognized.