St. John's hospital, from the North. The lady we worked with said they found a dead deer on the 3rd floor, blown in by the tornado. This entire building was moved 3" off its foundation. The medical personnel tell stories of throwing their bodies across patients on the operating table, trying to keep them from being sucked out the window by the storm.
This tree has no bark on the west side, the side the tornado hit. It is refoliating, incredible!
A building to the east of the high school. As long as we looked, we couldn't figure out what this was.
Joplin High School. A total disaster. It will be 3-4 years before the kids there have a high school of their own again. They are scrambling to find places for teams to play and practice, something that struck my kid because she plays volleyball and basketball.
I cropped and blew up the sign so you can see.
It used to say "JOPLIN"
The J, L, I, N were torn off in the storm.
Someone came by and sprayed the H and E.
It is now HOPE High School.
One of our dinner tents. There are a couple places in town that serve meals to volunteers. These folks are volunteers, as well. By the 3rd day, Cass didn't want to eat in these anymore. Though they do their best, flies congregate here, biting constantly. Some residents come here, we met an older couple that were eating lunch one hot afternoon. As we began our grace, they asked if we would ask for a blessing for them. The Bible belt is properly named. Folks are more stoic about their faith in the Midwest.
It is eerie, you can see for miles. There isn't a tree standing for miles upon miles.
Medical clinic. Here you can see the stand of trees that are refoliating.
written: Thank you, volunteers
We luv u
You are our heroes!
written: We will be back.
God Bless America,
(I guess Julie decided she would not be back???)
East side of the high school
There is even a smell in the air, that isn't right. I don't know that they even smell it...
I am so glad to be home. I thank God for my home, my family. I thank God for this opportunity.
I am proud of my daughter, she responded so well. She worked hard, did what she was asked and tried to be compassionate to the people we were helping. She worked in the heat, tried to eat the food, and rarely complained. The others with us complimented me about her, saying she was far more mature than 17 years.
Believe it or not, we did a fair amount of yard work while in Joplin.
More about that, tomorrow. In the meantime, there are weeds sprouting in my new Deer Bed. I have to get out there with a hoe and hope it works.