JOPLIN, Mo. | Crews are preparing to begin the long process of removing debris from tornado-ravaged Joplin later this week.
City Administrator Mark Rohr says the Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will oversee the process of getting rid of debris from an estimated 8,000 damaged and destroyed homes and apartments, plus several hundred commercial buildings.
An exact date for the removal to begin has not been set. Rohr has not said where the millions of tons of rubble will go.
The deadly tornado struck May 22, cutting a path more than six miles long and up to three-quarters of a mile wide through the southwest Missouri town of 50,000 residents.