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Search for survivors continues in Joplin

Monday, May 30, 2011 | 1:06 p.m. CDT

JOPLIN — The hundreds of rescue workers in Joplin are making a fifth sweep of the city in the search for survivors, even as the likelihood of finding anyone else alive amid the rubble is growing more unlikely.

Fire Chief Mitch Randles said Monday that dog teams are out helping rescuers who have converged on Joplin from as far as hundreds of miles away. What Randles calls a "sixth and final" sweep will begin after the fifth is complete.

Randles said the effort to find survivors will continue even as the city begins removing debris from the May 22 tornado. He said the city will have spotters in place to watch while debris is removed to help determine if there is anyone to be found.


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