Rain In Joplin, Mo., Hinders Rescue Efforts
MICHELE NORRIS, Host:
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Missy Shelton of member station KSMU was in Joplin today.
MISSY SHELTON: Ryan Royster(ph) and his wife were lugging a laundry basket overflowing with clothes. Their apartment complex was destroyed.
RYAN ROYSTER: I mean, it just hurts. Everything you've just worked, you know, so hard to have is just gone in a second. One minute you wake up, everything is fine. You come home. It's gone.
SHELTON: Eddie Chin(ph), on the other hand, was in the thick of it. He crouched in his bathroom and covered his head, listening as the tornado tore at his apartment building. He's been looking for his sister and brother-in-law who live in the same building.
EDDIE CHIN: I spend like four hours last night, until dark. I'm still looking for them. Definitely, they were in the apartment because she called me like two minutes before the tornado hit over us.
SHELTON: Officials estimate that as much as one-third of the city is destroyed. Dark skies off to the west threatened rain this morning as Tamara Willock(ph) hurriedly loaded a few belongings into her car parked near where her house once stood.
TAMARA WILLOCK: There's nothing left. It's all gone. Basically, all we have left is a frame. We're just going to dig it out as we can. And pray for no more rain.
(SOUNDBITE OF RAIN)
SHELTON: Residents say they're in shock. They don't even know exactly where they are at times and are having trouble finding places that once were very familiar to them.
NATHAN ARTENGER: It don't look the same. It's pretty bad when I didn't know what street I was on last night when I was trying to get home, you know, because all the signs were gone. It just looks so chaotic.
SHELTON: A few miles away at Missouri Southern State University, Chris McGinn is helping register volunteers who've come from all over the region.
CHRIS MCGINN: There's this form right here, and this one is just a liability waiver, and if you can date there and sign it.
SHELTON: For NPR News, I'm Missy Shelton.
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