The Joplin, MO Tornado 5/22/2011

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Oak Creek Realty Group LLC MO# 1999078273

Shot looking South towards St. John's Regional Medical CenterWhat a day yesterday. I had a bad feeling about the day and stayed home from church last night. I really thought that my home in Carl Junction was in the most danger and listened to local radio and scanners from the my deck. Little did I know that it would miss us and I'd spend most of last evening and the day today helping one of my sons get everything we could out of his house. While his house sustained damage he was lucky in that they had stuff we could get out.

So many all over south Joplin have nothing left. The church we attend is one of many with damage and will have to be completely rebuilt. The Keller Williams office was unscathed but the Charles Burt office in Joplin as well as the Realty Executives office both were all but completely destroyed.As I write this there 116 confirmed dead, at least 12 of which were at the church of their choice for Sunday evening service. Some 400 injured that they know about but both the injury and death count are sure to go up still further.

So much devastation, so much hurt, so much death.  It's been a hard, long 24+ hours but as soon as the recovery is over the rebuilding will begin and Joplin will be better than before.My son's garage roof slammed into the house

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Joplin, MO 64801

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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Walter,  We were greatly saddened to see the devastation in Joplin.  We know that the strong people of the area can and will find the extra strength to work through this and rebuild the area.

I do not have words to console those who lost loved ones...which of course is the saddest part of the tragedy and my wife and I will pray with heavy hearts for those families.

Respectfully,  Mike and Robyn

May 23, 2011 03:35 PM #1
Susan Goulding
Crown Key Realty, Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate - Tracy, CA
Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate

I'm so sorry - the photos are so sad.


So what can we do?  AR should be able to rally and help.

Prayers and prayers, what else.


May 23, 2011 05:51 PM #2
Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365
Frankly Real Estate Inc. - Manchester, MD
Specializing in Carroll Co., MD

Walter ~ There just aren’t words. Your family and the Joplin community are in my thoughts & prayers.

May 24, 2011 04:35 AM #3
Gina Tufano
Ask Gina & Company with Pearson Smith Realty - Sterling, VA
Ask Gina & Company, Northern Virginia Real Estate

The devastation is jaw-dropping - your entire community is in the hearts of everyone across our country.

May 24, 2011 06:14 AM #4
Debbie Reynolds

Walter ~ We are praying for your community. Please let us know if there is anything practically speaking we can do. I understand Mo Anderson sent out an e-mail to all of the KW regions and I am sure help will be coming. I hope you and your loved ones are all safe. Take care ~ Debbie Reynolds, Keller Williams Realty, Chantilly, VA

May 24, 2011 09:20 AM #5
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Walter~ I will keep the community and the families in my prayers.

May 24, 2011 11:06 AM #6
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert


Good to hear from you, it means you are safe.

May 24, 2011 06:58 PM #7
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