A Look Back on Joplin…

On May 8th, 2012, Pie visited Joplin, Missouri to see how far the rebuilding of the town had progressed nearly 1-year after the tragic and devastating EF-5 tornado wreaked havoc on May 22, 2011.
Within a week of the epic tornado, Pie was on-site providing support for insurance companies, contractors, and assisting with overall rehabilitation parameters and feasibility for damaged buildings. One-year later we look back and witness a rebirth of a community and can quantitatively assess how far things have come. Despite the massive physical rebuilding, it is the rejuvenation of community and resiliency that is most striking.  A return to normalcy is what we see and celebrate.

Through conversations with locals, the majority of effected businesses have reopened and are back in full swing – a true testament to the spirit of the Joplin community as well as the American heartland.

Residential properties, on the other hand, have had mixed results. While some of the properties we evaluated have been repaired, many of them appear to have been left “as is”. In some cases, debris have been removed but the properties themselves appear to be abandoned.

Marking the 1-year anniversary of this horrific event, we can only hope that as time goes by and wounds heal, the Joplin community can find a way to fill in the voids left by the tornado and rebuild an even stronger sense of belonging to this great land.

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