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Twisters hit rural MO

"Prayers and money. That's about the only thing that will make people feel better."

BY SUSAN KIM | CARTER COUNTY, Missouri | April 28, 2004


"But it's hard to tell that to people who don't have homes."

—Ken Sanchez


"Prayers and money. That's about the only thing that will make people feel better" in rural Missouri right now, said Ken Sanchez, Carter County director of emergency management.

Several F2 tornadoes hit a four-county area in the southeast part of the state last weekend.

Carter County - particularly the community near Ellsinore - was hardest hit. Five mobile homes and an apartment building were so damaged the buildings are now uninhabitable. Three businesses were badly damaged as well.

Five people were injured.

Compared to the recent headliner tornadoes that devastated Utica, Ill., damage on this scale doesn't make the news. It doesn't even qualify as a state-declared disaster, much less a federal one.

"But it's hard to tell that to people who don't have homes," said Sanchez.

It's also hard to tell that to farmers who will have to clean debris from their fields before it destroys farm machinery or sickens livestock.

"Eighty units of a metal storage shed were destroyed. Debris was scattered everywhere. Plus some mobile homes were just completely obliterated. Some of that debris is just going to be out there for awhile."

Most of those affected didn't have insurance, Sanchez added. "They are trying to make do as best they can."

Representatives from the Missouri Interfaith Disaster Response Organization were assessing damages, and were meeting with Sanchez, state emergency management officials, and a United Methodist disaster response representative to talk over long-term recovery plans.

The American Red Cross was helping to meet some of the emergency housing needs.


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