National Guard Assisting with Tornado Recovery in Bootheel

APRIL 4, 2006 - Posted at 8:02 a.m. CST

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO - National Guard soldiers head for Missouri's bootheel to support recovery from the massive devastation caused by Sunday's tornado.

Officials in Caruthersville estimate 60 percent of the buildings in the city of 6,700 people were damaged or destroyed.

No deaths occured in the city, but 65 people suffered mostly minor injuries.  But the violent storms killed one person in surrounding Pemiscot County and another in nearby Stoddard County, as well as a man in St. Louis County.

Mobile homes and century-old brick homes were destroyed in Caruthersville, mostly in the southern end of the city.  Officials predict the high school and middle school will be unusable through the rest of the school year.

The National Guard troops will remain in Caruthersville at least three days to help clear the streets of bricks, shattered glass, downed power poles and other debris.

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