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Joplin, Missouri Reels After F5 Tornado Devastates Town, Kills Over 130
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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) __ Joplin residents whose homes were destroyed
in the May 22 tornado are being urged to make provisions to clear
debris or face a nuisance declaration.
The city council on Thursday authorized an “administrative
abatement process” aimed at clearing homes with severe damage,
specifically homes with one wall or less standing.
The Joplin Globe reported that the move would affect just over
1,400 residential properties where no steps have been taken to
address the debris __ either by getting rid of it or signing a
right-of-entry form that allows the federal government to clear the
rubble.
The city hopes to meet an Aug. 7 deadline for debris removal
that would ensure the federal government pays 90 percent of the
cost.
City Attorney Brian Head said the measures target only what is
being identified as debris removal and not the demolition of
residential properties where more than one wall is standing.
A notice identifying the potential nuisance properties will be
published in the newspaper, giving owners seven-day notice of a
public hearing presided over by members of the city council.
Property owners will have the opportunity to speak at the hearing.

Copyright Associated Press

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