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On Sunday, a massive tornado tore through Southwestern Missouri and casued massive property damage – including nearly destroying a local hospital. While the number of people killed is still unknown, it is expected to over twenty. (Read more on the storm at TheBlaze.com)
Toby, a Joplin resident, called in to talk to Glenn about the storms. “ I have never seen anything like this in my life. I've got neighbors' houses that have just collapsed,” he said.
“I decided I was going to find somebody with a uniform and try to help out. I ran into some cops from a neighboring town who said go door to door, make sure everyone's okay. And when you know everyone's okay, just mark the house with a with something. Luckily I ran into some people who had some spray paint and I started marking red Xs on houses, or what used to be houses. There's just piles of rubble. I don't I've never seen anything like this except for, you know, watching the news during the Bosnia thing and where we bombed, and it is literally looks like a bomber went right down the center of our town.”
“It also warms my heart to see that when I was doing what I was doing yesterday and just walking through the wreckage trying to make sure everyone was okay and do what I could, which, I'm not qualified to offer any real assistance except a strong back to help lift somebody out of something. But the neighbors had already made a count of everybody. I would walk down a neighborhood and they would say that house, that house, that house, everyone's accounted for. And to see that, that they had already checked on their neighbors and made sure they were okay, it gladdened me. It made me feel proud of my city. I missed all this. And like I said, just pray for us,” Toby said.
Videos of the wreckage are below (last video contains graphic language):
After speaking with Toby, Glenn said that he wanted to do something to help the residents of Joplin, but wasn’t sure where to start. He said that he didn’t want to show up and just stand around and be in the way – or even look like he was there for publicity ala John Kerry.
He also said he was impressed with how much the local community was already doing. “Between the economy and nature, look at how resilient people are. They don't even know where to start again. Would you? If my town was devastated like that, what do you do?”
“Amazing people helping each other out and holding the line,” Glenn added.