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Joplin’s July Building Permits Total $51.7 Million

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JOPLIN, MO - JULY 30: Volunteers demolish a tornado-damaged home July 30, 2011 in Joplin, Missouri. Joplin continues to recover from the May 22nd twister which killed 160 people and destroyed 7,500 homes and as many as 500 businesses. (Getty/Scott Olson)

JOPLIN, MO – JULY 30: Volunteers demolish a tornado-damaged home July 30, 2011 in Joplin, Missouri. Joplin continues to recover from the May 22nd twister which killed 160 people and destroyed 7,500 homes and as many as 500 businesses. (Getty/Scott Olson)

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Rebuilding from the devastating tornado in Joplin apparently has begun in earnest.

The city issued 1,570 permits for residential and commercial work in July, with a total value of $51.7 million. That comes after it issued $27.2 million in permits in June.

The Joplin Globe reports that the two-month total exceeded the $60.4 million value of all permits issued in fiscal year 2010 by nearly $18.5 million.

Of the permits issued in July, about 760 were for demolition, with another 60 issued for new home construction.

City inspector Steve Cope said the city’s four inspectors are performing a total of 75 to 80 inspections per day. The city has added an inspector and a temporary plans examiner to handle the workload.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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