Quantcast

Quapaw resident reflects on EF-2 tornado that touched down one y - KOAM TV 7

Quapaw resident reflects on EF-2 tornado that touched down one year ago

Updated:
 Standing in her yard, Aletha Rodgers points to where the tornado hit: just beyond the fence, close to her yard.

"And we survived it," she said.

It was a Sunday afternoon and rodgers and her husband watched it all from their porch.

"And it still puzzles me to the day," she said. "How did it not take our apartment and yet just a block over, it took houses."

Approximately 60 homes were damaged that day; fifteen buildings, including businesses, were destroyed.

Rodgers says she still looks back in awe.

"It's unreal. We could have lost everything. We didn't."

But it's the rebuilding efforts of the residents and businesses owners, she finds to be the most amazing.

"That they've been able to come back and build their homes back and help support everybody in the town," said Rodgers.

"I think everybody went through it pretty well" said Bill Nicholas, Quapaw Assistant Fire Chief. "It was hard at first, but I mean once everybody starts getting back to rebuilding and we get some things back going again. We've got the fire station back up and going."

The new fire station stands on the same location as the previous one that was heavily damaged.

  
"Everything's kind of fell back in to normal now," said Nichols. 

But if you look up, the ceiling is higher.  

Rodger says the past year presented many challenges for her fellow residents, but they never gave up.

"Keep your faith and hope and heal. Don't ever lose the faith and the hope."

  • NewsMore>>

  • Missing Person: Carl Junction Police Ask for Public's Help

    Missing Person: Carl Junction Police Ask for Public's Help

    Monday, August 20 2018 7:09 PM EDT2018-08-20 23:09:53 GMT
    The Carl Junction, Missouri Police Department is searching for a 31-year-old they say is missing and "at risk." Authorities say Taneal Erickson (female, white, 5"07, 150lbs) was last seen in Carl Junction at 8:00 p.m. on August 17th, 2018. She could possibly be in the Pittsburg, KS area. Police say she's considered "at risk" because they're unsure she went with her associates voluntarily. Police say she has a medical condition that could also impact he...More >>
    The Carl Junction, Missouri Police Department is searching for a 31-year-old they say is missing and "at risk." Authorities say Taneal Erickson (female, white, 5"07, 150lbs) was last seen in Carl Junction at 8:00 p.m. on August 17th, 2018. She could possibly be in the Pittsburg, KS area. Police say she's considered "at risk" because they're unsure she went with her associates voluntarily. Police say she has a medical condition that could also impact he...More >>
  • A Pittsburg Man is Killed in a Fatal Crash on U69

    A Pittsburg Man is Killed in a Fatal Crash on U69

    Monday, August 20 2018 5:02 PM EDT2018-08-20 21:02:23 GMT

    The Kansas Highway Patrol says one man is dead after a two-vehicle crash on U69 about two miles south of Pittsburg. It happened on August 20th, 2018 around 9:10 a.m. Authorities say 70-year-old Stephen Hite was driving a Ford Ranger south on U69. He was slowing to turn onto E. 510 Ave. and was rear-ended by a Chevy Malibu. Hite's truck overturned onto its roof. Both vehicles came to rest in the east ditch. Hite died at the scene. The driver of the Malibu was injured and taken to...

    More >>

    The Kansas Highway Patrol says one man is dead after a two-vehicle crash on U69 about two miles south of Pittsburg. It happened on August 20th, 2018 around 9:10 a.m. Authorities say 70-year-old Stephen Hite was driving a Ford Ranger south on U69. He was slowing to turn onto E. 510 Ave. and was rear-ended by a Chevy Malibu. Hite's truck overturned onto its roof. Both vehicles came to rest in the east ditch. Hite died at the scene. The driver of the Malibu was injured and taken to...

    More >>
  • AbbVie $100 Million National Donation Benefits Ronald McDonald House System

    AbbVie $100 Million National Donation Benefits Ronald McDonald House System

    Monday, August 20 2018 6:47 PM EDT2018-08-20 22:47:31 GMT

      The Joplin Ronald McDonald House is one of thirty-two in the country that will benefit from a $100 million donation from drug-maker AbbVie.

    More >>

      The Joplin Ronald McDonald House is one of thirty-two in the country that will benefit from a $100 million donation from drug-maker AbbVie.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by Frankly, Inc. All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.