[SeMissourian.com] Fog/Mist ~ 69°F  
River stage: 17.13 ft. Rising
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
Caruthersville tornado: Day 3

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"Still Here and Standing Tall" reads the message on plywood covering the windows of Kristin Turner's 18th Street home. Prior to the storm, she was planning on buying the house she shares with her daughter and boyfriend. She still plans to purchase it, she said.

Debbie Dunavant and most of her family lived within shouting distance of each other on 18th Street. How the family will rebuild the homes -- or if they will -- hasn't been too much on anybody's mind yet, Dunavant said as she worked to clear debris and thought about how she might protect what is left of her house from predicted storms.

The city of Caruthersville has plans to move the debris lining streets to a central location and burn it.

In all, the tornado Sunday destroyed 21 homes in Pemiscot County and caused major damage to 57 more. Another 64 were moderately damaged. In addition, 15 businesses sustained damage, including three that were destroyed.

James Bullington walked through what was left of his aunt's house on 18 street.

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