U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today released the following statement on the seventh anniversary of the tornado that struck the Joplin area on May 22, 2011:
“Missouri’s communities are strong in the face of hardship, and nowhere was that better demonstrated than in Joplin after the devastating tornado that took lives, homes, and businesses. Seven years later, this community has shown extraordinary resilience in rebuilding after that crushing loss of life and property—and I join with all Missourians in praying for the families who lost loved ones that day.”
McCaskill has championed and helped deliver needed resources in Joplin's disaster recovery effort. The total amount of federal resources that have been provided for tornado recovery in Joplin now exceeds $350 million. McCaskill also held a roundtable with "comeback businesses" in Joplin to discuss city revitalization efforts following the devastating tornado.