Duquesne also hit by Joplin storm

Thursday, May 26, 2011 | 9:49 a.m. CDT

DUQUESNE — While attention has focused on devastation in Joplin since Sunday's tornado, the tiny town of Duquesne (Doo-KAIN) also took a direct hit, with at least eight people killed and businesses and homes leveled.

Police Chief Tommy Kitch told The Joplin Globe that the tornado destroyed 60 to 70 percent of the village, which has about 1,600 residents and is on Joplin's eastern edge. Those who died in Duquesne are among the 125 people reported killed by Sunday night's tornado.

Kitch on Wednesday cruised Duquesne's storm-ravaged neighborhoods, reminding people of a 9 p.m. curfew. He said the village has had its share of looting and sightseers are also a problem.

Mayor Denny White's wife, Cathy, said the town is providing meals, clothing and a food pantry for residents affected by the tornado.


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