Deadly Storm Anniversary

1 decade 2 years 8 months ago Sunday, March 11 2007 Mar 11, 2007 Sunday, March 11, 2007 8:14:22 PM CDT March 11, 2007 in News

Sunday around 50 people came to watch a presentation about last year's tornado. Renick families and volunteers from other towns came to count their blessings that they're still alive today.

At 3p.m. a Renick board member asked the crowd if they remembered where they were last year on March 12.

Everyone in the audience all slowly raised their hands. The gym was quiet except for the sound of sniffles as people looked at pictures of destroyed homes and remembered the loved ones they lost.

But the tears turned into laughs as neighbors and friends talked and visited. For some, the first time since the tornado.

For many of these faces it's been one day short of a year since the last time they sat in this school's gym.

"There was families that didn't have homes that was in here eating lunch and then also there was the out of town guys that was coming in, you know and everybody was just. You know there nerves was right out on the end," said Roberts.

Roberts' job last year was to keep morale up, but today he didn't have to do that.

"It was an upbeat meeting, we watched films of what was going on and heard the mayor and others that celebrated the fact that we did survive this," Roberts said.

The town also thanked those who helped pick up the pieces after the tornado.

For John Schloot with the Hallsville disaster relief team it's been a long last time since he was in the gym in Renick. "It was one of the final days after doing a little over a week's worth of clean-up, said Schloot.

His crew came in after the tornado and helped get people electricity and water. The meeting ended with the unveiling of plans for a memorial.

Right now it's a sign welcoming people into the town but eventually this will be the location for the future memorial. The memorial will remind those who survived the tornado and recognize those who lost their lives.

"That's the sign of the people, that they can take in the middle of a crisis, live through it, survive the thing, celebrate it, then put down a memorial," Roberts said.

"It was interesting to come up here and see that most of the homes are rebuilt, everything is back in order, their lives are seemingly back in order again," Schloot said.

The town had a service in their new church and as for March 12. It will always be a day to remember.

The Mayor is still working with families in Renick to get a grant for tornado sirens.

He also is working to create a future disaster relief plan.

Last year's severe weather began on March 11.

That day baseball size hail pelted central Missouri.

On March 12, 38 tornadoes touched down in the Show-Me-State, most were short lived, and produced sporadic damage.

5 mid-Missourians died in the storm, 4 in Renick and 1 in Sedalia.

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