Joplin Urges Caution from Debris Removal Dust
JOPLIN (AP) - As crews begin the long task of removing millions of cubic yards of debris in Joplin, city and federal officials warn people in town to take precautions to avoid dust and other airborne particulates that could contain hazardous material.
More than 8,000 homes and apartments, and more than 500 commercial properties, were damaged or destroyed in the May 22 tornado. State officials say 123 people have been confirmed dead with next-of-kin notified. Ten people are still missing.
The Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Missouri National Guard and other agencies are working together on debris removal that was beginning Wednesday. City leaders urged responders, volunteers and residents in the field to wear masks if it is dusty enough that the dust is visible.