Missouri Begins Recovery from Damage of 14 Confirmed Twisters

MARCH 15, 2006 - Posted at 8:15 a.m. CST

RENICK, MO - Volunteers and counselors have descended on the small mid-Missouri town that suffered some of the heaviest damage from Sunday's deadly storms.

Renick, population 200-plus, lies near U.S. 63 in Randolph County, about halfway between Columbia and Macon.  Four of Missouri's nine storm-related deaths occured in Renick.

The National Weather Service confirms the town was hit Sunday night by a tornado that stayed on the ground at least eleven minutes.

Red Cross counselors and insurance adjusters were in Renick yesterday, consoling victims and estimating the damage.  Dozens of volunteers hauled away debris and helped survivors begin getting their lives in order.

Similar work goes on across Missouri.

The weather service has confirmed 14 tornadoes in western and central Missouri on Sunday.  One of the biggest was recorded south of Sedalia, traveling 29 miles and staying on the ground for 45 minutes.

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