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’s Joseph Leahy reports, those who lost everything are still battling city hall for the future of the neighborhood.
The Board of Aldermen on Friday voted to accept $500,000 in state disaster assistance. The city's required $500,000 match came from community development funds. Mayor Francis Slay will sign the measure as soon as he can.
Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon walks with resident Anthony Tumminia during a tour of tornado damage in Sunset Hills, Mo. on Jan. 1, 2011. Sunset Hills sustained damage to about 25 homes in a storm Dec. 31, 2010. Tumminia'a home was completely destroyed.
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.
The grant announced Wednesday from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be available to help people hit by tornadoes in the Joplin and St. Louis areas, as well as flooding along the Mississippi River and in southern Missouri.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon talks with reporters following a tour of tornado damage in Sunset Hills, Missouri on Jan. 1, 2011. Nixon has asked the president to issue a disaster declaration for the area, along with others in Missouri. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)