DUQUESNE, Mo. (AP) -- Leaders of a small southwestern Missouri town severely damaged by the same tornado that hit Joplin in 2011 say they are optimistic about the future.
Duquesne Mayor Denny White says if the town's recovery continues at its current pace, the only reminder of the May 22 tornado in a few years will be a lack of large trees.
The town on the eastern edge of Joplin took a direct hit on May 22, with at least eight people killed and nearly half of its buildings damaged.
The Joplin Globe reports that Duquesne lost 250 houses. The city clerk says the city has issued 86 permits for new houses since the tornado.
Of the 45 businesses Duquesne lost, 32 have obtained permits to return.