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Rebuild Joplin Wraps Up Work After 180 Homes Built

A building effort that began in response to the devastating May 2011 tornado in Joplin, Mo., has ended after a volunteer organization built and dedicated its 180th home. Rebuild Joplin co-founder Jerrod Hogan said the project gave residents hope after …

Midwest Bank Destroyed by Tornado to Rebuild in Nebraska Town

Midwest Bank has announced it will rebuild its branch in Pilger, Neb., that was destroyed in June by a tornado that leveled much of the northeast Nebraska town. Doug Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Midwest Bank, tells the Norfolk …

Tornado Recovery in Nebraska Town Expected to Cost Tens of Millions

Nebraska officials are still tallying the cost of the tornadoes that destroyed most of the town of Pilger, but it’s expected to climb into the tens of millions. The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency will send teams to the northeast Nebraska …

President Says Government to Help Arkansas Rebuild After Storms

Surveying the remnants of nature’s destructive power in the country’s midsection, President Barack Obama on May 7 pledged to residents of tornado-ravaged Arkansas communities that their government will stand with them until they finish rebuilding. Obama said he wanted to …

Indiana City Urging Property Owners to Cleanup Tornado Damage

Owners of structures damaged by tornadoes that hit Kokomo, Ind., in November are being urged to start removing the debris or begin rebuilding. The city’s code enforcement section has begun sending letters to owners of damaged structures urging them to …

Donation Money Finally Going to Texas Fertilizer Blast Victims

Officials in the central Texas town devastated by a fertilizer plant explosion earlier this year finally are moving forward with distribution of money collected from private donations. John Crowder of the West, Texas, Long-Term Recovery Center says as many as …

Joplin Rebuilding Since Tornado: About $837M Spent

About $837 million has been spent on construction in Joplin since the May 2011 tornado, including starts on more than 1,100 new homes, according to city building permit data. The figures include construction done throughout the city and are based …

8 Years After Katrina, New Orleans on the Rebound

Eight years after Hurricane Katrina, the Ferris wheel at the former Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans sits idle. “Closed for Storm” signs are still posted and the abandoned, weed-choked site remains a thorn in the side of officials …

Study Points to Post-Katrina Strengths, Challenges in New Orleans

Recovery after Hurricane Katrina has been a major reason for a doubling of construction jobs around New Orleans, a new study shows. That’s one of many positive post-Katrina economic signs as the storm’s eighth anniversary approaches. However, the Greater New …

Oklahoma Leaders Ask ‘What Have We Learned’ from May Storms?

With thousands of destroyed houses, 46 deaths and damage estimates topping the $5 billion mark, victims of Oklahoma’s two EF-5 tornadoes are asking the same question: What have we learned? The answers are almost as varied as those asking the …