Unless you were there, it is impossible for you understand just how horrific it was. The Joplin Megatwister of 2011 killed 160 people and devastated our entire town. Even those businesses not destroyed by the mile-wide tornado are struggling to keep their doors open because so many peoples’ lives were destroyed by the storm. Homes were leveled, families uprooted and dreams shattered.
Those of us who survived the storm feel both thankful that we were spared, and guilty that many of our neighbors were not. Obviously the storm does not choose its victims, but that doesn’t mean I don’t wonder why some of my friends died instead of me.I found some more information here.
Don’t get me wrong, I am forever grateful that I did not die in that nightmare storm, even though I did lose my home and most of my possessions. It’s just hard for me to move on after so many people who used to wave at me as we passed on the street are now gone forever.
The town is rebuilding, but there are still a lot of areas where all you see is devastation. It will be a long time before we can really move on. I try to remain strong, with the help of other survivors who understand my experience.