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JOPLIN THEN AND NOW: Photos show how the town has recovered in the last year

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

Associated Press photographer Charlie Riedel took photos of the same scenes in Joplin in late May 2011, mid-July 2011 and early May of this year. The photos show the progress made in the year after an EF5 tornado destroyed a large swath of the city and killed 161 people.

In the top photo, Anita Stokes salvages items from her home which today stands cleared of much of the tornado debris.
In the top photo, Don Atteberry, 89, surveys damage at his home that was severely damaged by the tornado. The lot is now cleared with just a sign as a reminder of the past residents.
This three-photo combination shows progress made in Joplin in the year after an EF5 tornado destroyed a large swath of the city and killed 161 people.
In the top photo, Laura Vanzant looks for her dog at her home that was destroyed by the tornado and is today cleared of debris.
In the top photo, Beverly Winans hugs her daughter Debbie Surlin when they were salvaging items from Winans' devastated home, which today stands cleared of debris.
In the top photo, David Turner from Waco, Texas, sorts through belongings in a house occupied by his two sisters in a neighborhood now mostly cleared of debris.
In the top photo, Jim Goff carries salvaged items to his car as he helps a friend retrieve items from a destroyed home in a neighborhood now mostly cleared of debris.

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