Joplin Residents Keep Faith in Community

6 years 11 months 4 weeks ago Thursday, May 26 2011 May 26, 2011 Thursday, May 26, 2011 5:23:00 PM CDT May 26, 2011 in News
By: Rico Bush
loading

JOPLIN - Less than a mile from St.John's Hospital sits one of the hardest hit areas from the tornado that tore through the city on Sunday.

Despite total loss in parts of Joplin, residents still have a positive attitude. They say the city will be rebuilt and reborn.

One the eve of one the nation's deadliest disasters, Joplin resident Bailey Knight worked in a local Walmart. She heard sirens, screams and saw the lights flicker. Then she heard someone over the intercom of the Walmart say code blackout, which means severe weather. The employees, customers and associates moved into a protection area, but that proved to be more harmful than protecting.

"You could hear the wall caving in and feel the rain and wind coming down on you," Knight said.

The tornado completely destroyed the Walmart that collapsed around Knight. She told KOMU that she crawled out the rubble and walked to her fiance's house. When she arrived, the house was totaled and no one was there. She said she thought everyone had died. She left her fiance's place and went to her mother's house and saw a similar sight. Moments later, she received a call and found out everyone was safe.

Knight said the community is what helped her get through this hard time and is grateful for all the support.

"It's amazing, It's heartbreaking to know that the world knows Joplin. The world is going to help us," Knight said.

There are stories like these all across the Joplin area and stories on people keeping faith in a community now known across the world.

More than 100 people fell victim to the nation's deadliest tornado in over 60 years. A war zone, junk yard, and something out of a horror movie describe what the Joplin area now looks like. A life's work destroyed in a matter of seconds, but resident Emma Meeks said that doesn't matter; the people do. Meeks found her way through pain and hurt through the love of a hurting yet embracing community.

"It's something we're always going to have camaraderie about it. Hearing my friends voice and just talking to them makes me feel closer," Meeks said.

For Meeks, that's a story of triumph and a story that will live longer than the stories coming from the epicenter of tragedy.

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - On Thursday, the Columbia Airport Advisory Board announced the TSA approved a security screening lane to open by... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 11:41:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- May is known for Mother’s day, Memorial Day and in Missouri, the start of tick season. “May, June... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 8:21:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – The Columbia City Council discussed a recent engineering study today centering on increasing traffic flow east of Columbia.... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 7:11:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT - After two months without a police department, New Bloomfield finally has one thanks to the city of... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 5:50:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a lawsuit filed after Athletic Director Jim... More >>
13 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 4:54:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in Sports
MONROE CITY - Some people diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease fight back, as did Michael Crager, the founder of Rock Steady... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 4:18:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – The U.S. Department of Health and Senior Services made changes to a family planning program, which the... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 3:56:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - In sometimes heated testimony, members of a Special House Investigative Committee looking into the Eric Greitens... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 3:54:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A report on a statewide rape kit audit shows that there are at least 4,889 untested sexual... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 3:23:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - With the holiday weekend approaching, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Save Our Air Medical Resources (SOAR)... More >>
16 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 1:28:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – More than 36 million drivers will hit the road during Memorial Day Weekend, according to AAA. Just... More >>
18 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 12:20:00 PM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A statewide program bringing together prisoners and puppies is celebrating a major milestone. A four-month-old redbone... More >>
20 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 10:15:00 AM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he thinks Kim Jong Un wants to do "what's right" but says it's... More >>
20 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 10:09:00 AM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
RANDOLPH COUNTY - A Huntsville man pleaded guilty to murder on Tuesday and received a life sentence with no chance... More >>
21 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 8:37:00 AM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
BUNNIK, Netherlands (AP) — An international team of investigators said Thursday that detailed analysis of video images and photos... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 5:58:00 AM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Potentially more than one thousand Missourians could lose their hunting, fishing and trapping licenses after a Department... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 2:27:00 AM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump is violating the First Amendment when he... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 7:10:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in Continuous News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal district court in St. Louis has ruled that the Missouri prison system must... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:48:22 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 69°
7am 70°
8am 72°
9am 75°
10am 78°