Joplin Death Toll Tops 115, Crews from Fort Leonard Wood and Lebanon are Helping with Search and Rescue for Survivors, Joplin Schools Cancelled for Semester

The death toll in Joplin topped 115 yesterday, and it’s still climbing. But, there were stories of hope, too, as search and rescue teams continued to find survivors from Sunday’s devastating tornado.

The Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 35th Engineer Brigade at Fort Leonard Wood and 3-135th Aviation Battalion of Lebanon were deployed. And, many other people want to help, but Jessica Willingham with the Red Cross says the Emergency Management teams need people to stay away, right now.

The damage to buildings, roads and property is so severe, it’s hard for the people who are in Joplin already to get around and help where they’re needed. The Joplin School District has canceled classes for the rest of the year. The high school, an elementary school and a technology center were destroyed.

To help, call 2-1-1. Or send a financial donation to or by calling, 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Temporary Boil Advisory for Some Osage Beach Water Customers

Starting at 10:00 p.m. tonight (May 23), the City of Osage Beach will be performing routine maintenance on water utilities in the area of KK and Three Seasons Road. Water should be back in service by 6:00 a.m. Tuesday. A Temporary Boil Advisory will be issued for the affected areas until sample results are received. For more information, contact the Osage Beach Public Works Department at 302-2020.

Alabama Gov. Calls Nixon

Alabama’s Gov. Robert Bentley says he called Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon this morning to offer his condolences and help after that massive tornado ripped apart Joplin yesterday. Bentley says he knows what Nixon is “going through.” Alabama’s still digging out from a tornado outbreak April 27 that killed 238. Bentley says he plans to stay in touch with Nixon as Missouri recovers. He says Alabama officials have learned many lessons that might help speed Missouri’s recovery.

Boats Crash on Lake of the Ozarks

Two boats collided head-on on Lake of the Ozarks late Saturday night. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Patrol Division, the driver of one of the boats, 24-year-old Michael Haller, of Jefferson City, was taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Health System. The driver of the other boat was not hurt, and two passengers refused medical treatment.

Lake Area Responders Deployed to Joplin

Members of the Osage Beach Search and Rescue team have been deployed to Joplin. A division of the Osage Beach Fire Protection District, they expect to be in Joplin until at least Wednesday, backing up a search-and-rescue team from St. Louis. Six deputies from the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, and an animal control officer, are on standby for duty in Joplin.

Flash Flood Watch for Lake Area Through Wednesday Morning

More heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected in the Lake Area. A Flash Flood Watch covering Benton, Camden, Morgan, Miller, LeClede and Pulaski counties will remain in effect through Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service says with the ground already saturated in many locations, any additional heavy rain will likely result in flash flooding.

Lebanon Man Makes Threats Against Wife, Arrested for Violating Protection Order

A Lebanon man was arrested for saying he could get a contract to have someone kill his wife. Laclede County Sheriff’s Deputies say 61 year old Danny Bowman and his wife are having a dispute over property in a divorce case. She had called the sheriff’s department to have protection while she removed possessions from their home, and when the deputies arrived, movers told them Bowman had made threats against her. She has an order of protection against him. Bowman has been charged with violating it.