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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 …

Missouri State Univ. Receives $1M Insurance Check from Theft

Missouri State University has recouped most of the nearly $1.2 million that was stolen from its bookstore. The Springfield News-Leader reports that the school has received a $1 million insurance check. University President Clif Smart says the check doesn’t negate …

NE Kansas Counties Recovering After Tornado Damage

Northeast Kansas counties that were hit by a tornado and flooding in late May are waiting to hear if storms caused enough damage to make the region eligible for state or federal aid. An EF-2 tornado hit Marshall County on …

After Blast, Texas Town Fights to Keep its Residents

John Crowder stood on the gray concrete slab where his house once was in West, Texas, pointing out one spot after another. There was the garage where an overflow of guests would eat their Christmas dinner. There was the dining …

No New Federal Funds Needed for Oklahoma Tornado Recovery

Top U.S. lawmakers and officials said that the federal government has plenty of money on hand to pay for recovery efforts in the wake of the devastating tornado that struck Oklahoma. The government has more than $11 billion in its …