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Boy Scouts Do Good Turn in Joplin

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Tornado debris remained strewn across parts of Joplin, Mo. on July 30, 2011--- more than two months after the storm. (Getty/Scott Olson)

Tornado debris remained strewn across parts of Joplin, Mo. on July 30, 2011— more than two months after the storm. (Getty/Scott Olson)

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of Boy Scouts braved 100 degree heat in Joplin on Saturday to clear debris left by the May 22 tornado.

Amy Harper drove almost eight hours to bring a group of six Scouts from Oskaloosa, Iowa. She told The Joplin Globe that there aren t words to describe the destruction there.

Harper’s troop is one of hundreds from seven states participating. Marilyn Brown, district executive for the Boy Scouts of America, said 1,030 Scouts participated in the event. Teams of Scouts fanned out across the tornado-affected areas of Joplin and surrounding communities to help local school districts clear debris and prepare for the school year.

The EF-5 tornado destroyed thousands of structures, including several schools and two fire stations, displaced thousands, and killed 160.

Copyright Associated Press

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