Rebuilding Begins

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Friday, May 27, 2011 - 2:23pm

Volunteers flock to Joplin to help city get back on its feet.

As families and recovery teams continue to sift through six miles of debris strewn across Joplin, Missouri many are beginning to uncover an agonizing reality.

"I think as we begin to get over the shock of the initial event while we do continue to search and find more fatalities, I think we will go through a second phase of shock when we realize the number of folks that we lost," says Mayor Mike Woolston.

That number is up to 132 and climbing.

There are more than 150 people still missing, which is why search and rescue teams continue to look for any signs of life in this debris.

"We will not stop looking for people until the absolute last piece of debris is removed from the last piece of property," Woolston said.

Officials warn some of the unaccounted for are in a make-shift morgue.

"We just want to make sure that if we tell someone that their family member is deceased that we have that accurately," Woolston says.

The families that do know are now beginning to say their final, painful goodbyes.

The first of more than 130 victims' funerals was held Friday afternoon.
 

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