Joplin crews speed pace of debris cleanup

Friday, June 10, 2011 | 4:26 p.m. CDT

JOPLIN — An army of volunteers is teaming with government workers to speed the removal of debris in Joplin.

City manager Mark Rohr told reporters Friday that more than 350 trucks have hauled away 197,000 cubic yards of debris.

In addition to National Guard and other government crews, volunteers have been a big part of the effort. Rohr says more than 21,000 volunteers have devoted more than 69,000 hours toward debris removal since the May 22 storm.

The monstrous tornado devastated the city's south side, killing at least 151 people and displacing thousands more.

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