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McCaskill Speaks with Community Leaders Impacted by Recent Tornadoes

Senator calls city, county leaders about level of damage, ongoing recovery efforts

March 7, 2012

WASHINGTON - Following a string of destructive tornadoes and storms last week, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is speaking directly with the affected communities about the recovery efforts in progress and ways she can help ensure necessary resources for those areas.  

In phone calls to Dallas and Barry Counties, and mayors of Lebanon, Kimberling City and Branson, McCaskill expressed her condolences for those who lost their lives in the storms, as well as her gratification for everyone who has stepped in to help families rebuild their homes and businesses. Additionally, McCaskill encouraged the leaders to continue to reach out to her office for help with federal resources.

"My thoughts and prayers continue to be with everyone affected by these devastating storms, especially those who lost loved ones," McCaskill said. "Missouri is no stranger to dangerous weather, but as we saw again over the past week, our communities are resilient and ready to rebuild."

Last week, several tornadoes and severe storms struck the southern portion of the state, resulting in fatalities in the city of Buffalo, Kimberling City and Barry County, as well as extensive home damage throughout the area. Branson sustained heavy damage to several theatres and hotels vital to the city's tourism industry.

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