Joplin Debris Could be Declared "Nuisance"
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- Joplin residents whose homes were destroyed in the May 22 tornado are being urged to make provisions to clear debris or face a nuisance declaration.
The city council on Thursday authorized an "administrative abatement process" aimed at clearing homes with severe damage, specifically those with one wall or less standing.
The Joplin Globe reports that the move would affect just over 1,400 residential properties where no steps have been taken to address the debris -- either by getting rid of it or signing a right-of-entry form that allows the federal government to clear the rubble.
The city hopes to meet an Aug. 7 deadline for debris removal that would ensure the federal government pays 90 percent of the cost.