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City of Bridgeton Reaches Out to Fellow Tornado-Stricken Community

On April 22, the City of Bridgeton recognized the one-year anniversary of the Good Friday Tornado, EF4 tornado that caused extensive damage to the community in 2011. A ceremony took place where residents paused to remember the events of the day and recognize the continued community recovery.

Part of that recovery includes an effort to help fellow Missouri communities that have endured severe tornado damage. It takes only a moment to think of the City of Joplin, where an extensive recovery process continues after an EF5 tornado ripped through the city in May 2011, taking 161 lives.

Bridgeton was fortunate not to experience any lives lost. However, it sustained significant damage to homes, vehicles and personal property. The community rallied together after the storm, creating the Bridgeton Tornado Relief Fund to assist local victims. Over the past year, the fund accumulated to more than $86,000 and helped relieve residents who suffered the most severe damage.

One year later, a small amount from the fund remained, at $235.19. The City has donated the money to Joplin, to be used for the Joplin Recovery Fund. Although the amount is not large, the Mayor of Bridgeton was happy to positively impact Joplin’s recovery in any way possible.

"Although it is not a large amount, it is sent with best wishes and a great hope for continued recovery,” said Bridgeton Mayor Conrad Bowers. "Our residents have only experienced a fraction of the tragedy that impacted the Joplin community, but we acknowledge what a great help it was to us to know that others kept us in their thoughts.”

For more information regarding Bridgeton and Joplin, visit www.bridgetonmo.com and www.joplinmo.org.

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