Zimmer/Joplin Remembers Last Year's F5 Tornado
May 23, 2012 at 3:49 AM (PT)
It was just over one year ago that a tornado tore through JOPLIN, MO, costing more than 100 lives and causing severe damage. City Manager MARK ROHR said at the time, "Residents in the southwest MISSOURI city braced for news of fatalities after the vicious tornado flattened buildings, tossed cars and hurled debris up to 70 miles away," and RED CROSS spokesperson KATHY DENNIS said, "I would say 75% of the town is virtually gone."
Radio kept citizens informed at the time (NET NEWS 5/25/11), and has helped the devastated community over the past year.
ZIMMER/JOPLIN OM CHAD ELLIOT checked in with ALL ACCESS, and told us "I wanted to share some news about JOPLIN! YESTERDAY was the one year anniversary of the MAY 22nd, 2011 EF5 Tornado that destroyed a large section of our community. The community gathered for a Day of Unity for a 3.5-mile trek across town, which our station staff walked and broadcast along the way! We had about 6,000 people on the walk TUESDAY! We walked to Cunningham Park (this park took a direct hit and was destroyed) now rebuilt. We had 8,500 people gather in the park and remember the 161 JOPLIN residents who lost their lives one year ago, It was an amazing day of reflection and rebuilding our great city!"
Many pictures of the event are posted here.
MISSOURI Governor JAY NIXON joined the KZRG Morning Newswatch this morning to kick off the day's events.