tornado

Lambert repairs
4:44 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Lambert repairs on schedule

All the windows that were damaged by the EF-4 tornado that blasted Lambert Airport on Good Friday will be replaced by the Thanksgiving rush. The main terminal is pictured here on April 24, 2011.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The 12-month, $30-million repairs to a tornado-damaged Lambert-St. Louis International Airport are on time, and on budget, says the airport's director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.

Contractors started removing boards and installing new windows on the front of the main terminal today. Most of the glass on the less-visible north side of the terminal has already been replaced.

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Joplin relief
5:11 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Mo. college students, faculty wanted for Joplin relief this fall

Joplin High School had a new name thanks to gaffers tape in Joplin, Missouri on June 8, 2011. The town continues to recover from the devastating May 22 tornado that destroyed thousands of homes and businesses and killed over 160 people.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri college students and staff are being asked to donate a weekend or a holiday this semester and take part in ongoing relief efforts in Joplin.

On May 22, the southwest Missouri city was devastated by a massive tornado that killed more than 150 people.  A campaign called “Show Me U Care” is recruiting groups of students, faculty and staff from college campuses across Missouri to travel to Joplin and help rebuild homes and provide other needs.

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Morning round-up
9:29 am
Mon September 26, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, September 26, 2012

MSD is holding the first in a series of public hearings regarding a proposal that would increase customer wastewater rates to help fund more than a billion dollars in needed wastewater system investments.
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MSD holds public hearings on rate increase

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District's independent Rate Commission is holding the first in a series of public hearings Monday on a proposed rate increase. The proposal would increase customer wastewater rates to help fund more than a billion dollars in needed wastewater system investments between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2016.

Storm water rates would not be affected by the rate increase.

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County to test sirens this week
4:47 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

St. Louis County to test sirens (again) this week

St. Louis County will test some of its new warning sirens this week. Pictured is a warning siren in Kansas.
(via Wikimedia Commons/FEMA Photo Library)

You may hear tornado sirens in St. Louis County again this week. But it won’t be because of bad weather.

The county sounded the new sirens two weeks ago, on Labor Day, and said the new omni-directional, solar-powered system worked largely as hoped. But spokesman David Wrone said they received reports that residents couldn’t hear 14 of the sirens. That doesn’t necessarily mean the sirens aren’t working.

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Tornado Record
11:00 am
Wed August 3, 2011

April was record-setting month for tornadoes, included St. Louis-area twister

Residents remove belongings three days after a tornado devastated the area of Bridgeton, Mo. on April 25, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The U.S. set a record for the most tornadoes in one month in April.

The final report for the month shows 753 twisters across the country, including a super outbreak on April 25-28 that killed more than 300 people in the South and Midwest. The tornado that roared through the St. Louis area on April 22 was part of that outbreak.

The tornado total is down from the preliminary count of 875 that generated widespread publicity. But the federal Storm Prediction Center says it still tops the former monthly record of 543 tornadoes in May 2003.

Missouri Disaster Declaration
5:31 am
Tue July 26, 2011

Nixon asks Obama for disaster declaration

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon is asking President Obama for a major disaster declaration for 23 counties in Missouri hit by severe storms and flooding after June 1.
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Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon is asking President Barack Obama to issue a major disaster declaration for 23 northern counties hit by severe storms and flooding along the Missouri River. He announced the request Monday.

The disaster request would cover events since June 1. If approved, it would allow government aid to flow to families and public agencies that have suffered losses. The counties included in the request are:

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Tornado
8:54 am
Mon July 25, 2011

FEMA deadline approaching for St. Louis County homeowners to register for assistance

A home damaged by the "Good Friday" (April 22) tornadoes of 2011 in Ferguson, Mo.
Adam Allington, SLPR news

St. Louis county homeowners or renters who were impacted by the April 22nd tornado or storms must register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency this week to learn if they qualify for grant assistance.

 The deadline to register with FEMA is Friday, July 29th.

 Andrea Jackson-Jennings is the Director of Human Services for St. Louis County. She says, so far, FEMA has taken nearly 1500 registrations in St. Louis County and provided more than $971,000 in grants to individuals and families.

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Joplin tornado recovery
6:23 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Nixon pledges home-rebuilding aid in Joplin

Gov. Jay Nixon will travel to Joplin today to make an announcement regarding home-rebuilding aid. Thousands of homes were destroyed in the May 22 tornado.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon says the state will play a long-term role in rebuilding housing in Joplin after the deadly May 22 tornado.

Nixon will travel to Joplin today to announce what he describes as a "major initiative to address both the near-term and long-term housing needs."

He says it will involve both federal and state resources to support home construction.

The tornado killed 159 people and destroyed thousands of homes while wiping out a large section of the city.

Tornado Cleanup
9:44 am
Thu June 23, 2011

Looting a problem in tornado-damaged Berkeley

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon gets a tour of a damaged neighborhood by Berkeley, Mo. Mayor Kyra Watson in St. Louis on April 23, 2011. A tornado hit the region on April 22 damaging or destroying over 750 homes and buildings.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Nearly two months after a tornado damaged hundreds of homes in north St. Louis County, some victims are facing a new trauma caused by looters.

KSDK-TV reports that residents and police in Berkeley say it is a crime of opportunity, with criminals stealing from people trying to rebuild after the April 22 twister.

Resident Tonya Brown says two break-ins this week are keeping her family from returning home, as thieves have stolen pipes in the house.

Joplin tornado
10:48 am
Tue June 21, 2011

Joplin death toll now at 155

An American flag blows from a downed limb in Joplin on May 23. An Army veteran is the latest fatality from the May 22 EF-5 tornado.
(UPI/Rick Meyer)

A World War II veteran is the latest victim of the EF-5 tornado that devastated Joplin almost a month ago.

City officials say 88-year-old Edmon A. Cooper died June 16 from injuries he suffered during the May 22 storm. His death is the 155th linked to the tornado.

An obituary in the Joplin Globe says Cooper was a retired mechanic  who served in the Army in World War II. He also worked at a southeastern Missouri apple orchard.

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