- Cape businessman known for starting NARS dies at 49 (2/23/17)9
- Man shot by police ID'd; witness shares his side of story (2/17/17)31
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)6
- Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access (2/22/17)48
- Annual father-daughter dance provides some fun bonding time (2/19/17)1
- SoutheastHEALTH, Washington University School of Medicine announce collaboration (2/24/17)18
- City issues precautionary boil order near Arena Park (2/23/17)
- $22M bond issue would alter Jackson schools (2/22/17)12
After the storm
Every disaster brings out the best of human nature as thousands of family members, friends and total strangers pitch in to restore order and provide essential services.
Last week's powerful windstorm that swept across southern Missouri and several other states left blocked roads, smashed houses and thousands of powerless utility customers. Repair crews were dispatched within minutes, but getting equipment and manpower to where the worst outages occurred was a major problem.
Several lives were lost as the storm reached its full impact in the Midwest. Another life was lost this week during the cleanup effort as a large limb fell on a woman.
This area is now all too familiar with the impact of disasters. A major ice storm in 2008 and another, more severe ice storm this year gave hundreds of thousands of Southeast Missourians and residents of nearby states a taste of Nature's fury. Windstorms are part of the spring weather cycle, but they seem to be growing in intensity and in the damage they cause.
Thanks to all those who have worked countless hours to clear roads, make homes weathertight, provide aid and comfort to those in need and restore power and who, in so many other ways, have found ways to help.