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City of Duquesne Reflects on Growth Since Tornado

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DUQUESNE, MISSOURI -

The City of Duquesne reflects on how financial assistance has helped rebuild, seven years after a horrific tornado.  Joplin and Duquesne suffered extensive damage to their neighborhoods and infrastructures.  Today in Duquesne, new neighborhoods have been established thanks in part to a little mote than $1 million in federal money Duquesne received after the tornado.

That money has been used to build 23 homes for people with certain income levels.

"It's very rewarding to see people with nice homes, to see people that the grant has helped, to see growth in our City," says David Weaver, assistant to the City's board of aldermen.  "I think that the housing was a catalyst for a lot of new development.  The Joplin schools put a brand new middle school and elementary school."

"The day of the storm, we were all chocked up.  We were overwhelmed with where do we go?  But the hundreds of thousands of volunteers, the federal support, the state support, the good will show...I think we've grown from a lot of people who moved here because of the feeling they got when they got here to volunteer and help," says Weaver.

Duquesne received a total of close to $4 million in federal recovery money.  All that's left is about $50,000, and that money is being used to build another house.

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