A killer tornado tore through Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2011, destroying 7,500 buildings and killing 161 people. AP’s Charlie Riedel documented the destruction over the next few days. He returned two months later to see how the cleanup was going, and again on May 7, 2012. These pictures show the changes the town is going through.
They’ve made considerable progress in Joplin, aided by donations and volunteers. However, there are still many empty lots, and the town is only now breaking ground on a new high school to replace the one destroyed by the storm.
- PhotoBlog: Remembering and rebuilding in Joplin, Missouri, a year after the tornado struck
- PhotoBlog: Tornado shelters dominate Joplin’s rebuilding plans
- ‘We all lost something’