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Tornadoes that swept through Southwest Missouri devestated the town of Pierce City. KSMU's Missy Shelton visited the small town the day after the deadly twisters ripped through the middle of the town square.
The sounds of chain saws filled the air as crews worked to clear lawns littered with tree limbs and fallen trees.
The Pierce City town square sustained the worst damage. Maria Baker's house is near the square. It's damaged but still stands. She's lived in the area most of her life.
With the help of her granddaughter and great granddaughters, Baker is cleaning up her yard. She says she has insurance but isn't sure how to get help from her insurance company...
Besides the houses that are in shambles, the quaint antique shops that once lined the streets of downtown Pierce City have been decimated. Lawrence County Sheriff Doug Seneker says he's not sure the town will recover.
Governor Bob Holden has toured devestated areas around the state including Pierce City. During his stop in Pierce City, he promised state assistance for residents there.
Holden said of all the disaster areas he toured, Pierce City looked the worst by far.
Reporting from Pierce City, I'm Missy Shelton for KSMU News.