New Year's Eve http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Still up in the air: Sunset Hills, a year after the tornado http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/still-air-sunset-hills-year-after-tornado <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-998063.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-998063.mp3</a></p><p>One year ago tomorrow a rare winter tornado tore through the St. Louis County suburb of Sunset Hills. Since then residents who could repair their homes have moved on, but as St. Louis Public Radio&rsquo;s Joseph Leahy reports, those who lost everything are still battling city hall for the future of the neighborhood.</p><p> Fri, 30 Dec 2011 11:35:33 +0000 Joseph Leahy 2743 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Still up in the air: Sunset Hills, a year after the tornado Lewis Place finally receiving state aid http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lewis-place-finally-receiving-state-aid <p>Nearly a year after a <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/storm-tornadoes-leave-damage-scattered-over-st-louis-area/article_33cc4f6c-14e4-11e0-8e19-0017a4a78c22.html">tornado damaged 91 homes in the area</a>, residents of the Lewis Place neighborhood in north St. Louis are getting some help from the state of Missouri.</p><p>The Board of Aldermen on Friday voted to accept $500,000 in state disaster assistance. The city&#39;s required $500,000 match came from community development funds. Mayor Francis Slay will sign the measure as soon as he can.</p> Fri, 09 Dec 2011 21:22:22 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 2648 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Lewis Place finally receiving state aid Mo. gets $5M disaster-recovery grant from FEMA http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-gets-5m-disaster-recovery-grant-fema <p>Missouri is getting more than $5 million from the federal government to help in the long-term recovery for people hit by tornadoes and flooding.</p><p>The grant announced Wednesday from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be available to help people hit by tornadoes in the<a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/term/joplin-tornado"> Joplin</a> and <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fema-survey-damage-new-years-eve-tornadoes">St. Louis</a> areas, as well as flooding along the Mississippi River and in southern Missouri.</p> Wed, 07 Dec 2011 19:50:12 +0000 The Associated Press 2630 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. gets $5M disaster-recovery grant from FEMA Presentation designed to help tornado victims avoid scams http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/presentation-designed-help-tornado-victims-avoid-scams <p>When a natural disaster hits, the devastation left behind isn't always limited to destroyed property and emotional distress.</p><p>Another element -- fraud -- is sometimes an unwanted companion to the recovery process.</p> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 20:45:24 +0000 Kelsey Proud 378 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Presentation designed to help tornado victims avoid scams Nixon asks for federal disaster declaration for New Year's Eve tornadoes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-asks-federal-disaster-declaration-new-years-eve-tornadoes <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has asked the president to issue a disaster declaration for <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fema-survey-damage-new-years-eve-tornadoes">areas hit by tornadoes and severe storms on Dec. 31</a>.</p><p>Nixon on Friday requested federal individual assistance for people living in Carter, Christian, Dent, Franklin, Phelps, Polk, St. Louis, Stone and Webster counties as well as the city of St. Louis.</p><p>Five Missouri residents were killed by the severe weather.</p> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 21:01:15 +0000 Kelsey Proud & The Associated Press 330 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon asks for federal disaster declaration for New Year's Eve tornadoes Fenton woman injured in New Year's tornado dies http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fenton-woman-injured-new-years-tornado-dies <p>A Fenton woman injured in the tornadoes that ripped through St. Louis on New Year's Eve has died.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/article_565f2104-1db7-11e0-b9b8-0017a4a78c22.html">St. Louis Post-Dispatch</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Margaret Birkes, 70, of Fenton died Monday morning at St. Anthony's Medical Center, a spokeswoman there said. According to relatives, Birkes was either going to or leaving a Dierbergs store at Fenton Crossing when the storm struck.</p><p>She was badly injured and taken to St. Anthony's.</p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 16:00:32 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 305 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Fenton woman injured in New Year's tornado dies One MO highway death over New Year's http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/one-mo-highway-death-over-new-years <p>Five people died in the same time period last year.</p> Mon, 03 Jan 2011 20:10:02 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 229 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org One MO highway death over New Year's FEMA to survey damage from New Year's Eve tornadoes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fema-survey-damage-new-years-eve-tornadoes <p>Beginning Tuesday, officials with the <a href="http://www.fema.gov/">Federal Emergency Management Agency</a> will survey damage from the New Year's Eve tornadoes that demolished homes and businesses across the state.</p><p> Mon, 03 Jan 2011 19:47:55 +0000 Julie Bierach 228 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org FEMA to survey damage from New Year's Eve tornadoes