Joplin: five years later

Healing and scars

By Eric Adler eadler@kcstar.com
and Laura Bauer lbauer@kcstar.com

After a tornado cut a wide swath through the city, a sense of unity was forged, but deep and lasting grief remains just under the surface.

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Five years after the Joplin tornado, survivors recall the storm and count their blessings

Certain lessons last: How insurance cushioned the blow. How material things don’t matter, but family and faith matter. And how in family there is strength.

Before & After

Immense destruction in the 2011 images contrasts with stark photographs of rebuilt businesses and neighborhoods in 2016. More than 18,000 trees were lost in the storm.
Photos by Kansas City Star staff photographers.

Tour of Joplin five years later

By Monty Davis and Eric Adler / The Kansas City Star

Joplin was hit by a massive EF5 tornado that killed 161 people, injured 1,000, and destroyed 7,500 homes and business on May 22, 2011.Take a look at what Joplin looks like now -- five years later.

Looking back at the 2011 Joplin tornado

Videos from 2011

David Vanderhoofven lost wife and son in the tornado

How one man made it through the Joplin tornado

Joplin couple spray painted positive messages on damaged house after tornado


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