JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) __ Many Joplin residents are trying to figure
out how to recover from the devastating tornado with no means of
City officials estimate that about 18,000 vehicles were damaged
or lost during the May 22 tornado. The Springfield News-Leader
reports Wednesday that insurance claims have already been filed for
9,000 vehicles.
City manager Mark Rohr says some people are using the city’s
trolley system, which has been expanded and is free during the
recovery. Others are driving rental cars paid through insurance.
James Cain of Comer’s Wrecker says his company towed 160
vehicles last week, compared with about 55 in a normal week. He
says he’s towed about 40 cars for free for some customers.
But Attorney General Chris Koster has received complaints of
price gouging by some towing companies.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press


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