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Are -- joining me now from Joplin Missouri which tonight as ground zero for the single deadliest storm in this country and sixty years.
State representative bill why this is he is district.
And pastor Brad -- -- the calvary Baptist Church welcome to both the -- Can you guys hear me either you are -- there -- hello hello.
Wow I'm just looking at the at this -- bit behind you guys.
Everything is completely flattened.
Congressman why bill wife tell me what you were doing when the storm hit.
-- -- -- my family was that I half we -- about -- there.
They got really dark I went outside the seals on on the storm.
When -- -- a little tornado off to the northeast very small near Quebec incidents tornado looks like it's going north of us went back out.
It was a huge.
Wall of rain coming towards those -- -- second and then something -- a couple hundred feet here just went from left or right hormone grounds on news tornado.
Ran back in just told everybody to.
You know take cover that got people who worked there started.
You know that got people move -- and -- -- the tables that you've really got to go to the back to drill here now.
We handle people trying to take their food with things we -- a lot of tornadoes here but it's at put it down don't go back for your first we got -- inside.
The kitchen area the do we all got in there that tornado hit -- -- -- -- down my child and my eleven year old on the bottom allies for me.
And one core so morals over in the freezer we have.
Brought up 3040 people in there.
And then you -- -- wall sort of blown out.
You know survived -- there was a sounds like it was a very scary -- it sure was good.
Had a lot of wind in my -- sort of get lifted up -- up by such images the wind blown through it and it really had -- -- the pressure changing your ears popped.
When it was less than maybe forty seconds does seem like -- what we got up -- want the the wall where -- The seating area was gone the front wall was -- then.
We had fortunately his very minor injuries cuts bruises all the two buildings that's for sure the -- Thank goodness for that that that is certainly the good news I want to turn to pastor grades.
You know how -- the folks in your congregation coping with this I'm looking at the scene behind you and there's nothing to see everything's flat.
It really is this as devastating and -- sent -- -- And we did send major -- that we have about thirty families -- our church either lost everything are some significant damage.
And so we set -- care center calorie rather scarce in our church and we've been.
Have a some hospitality -- become an end at some lithium -- it has shaken up because they can survive the storm and -- even last night.
Another major storm came through that round and again some more self.
They're little rattled or shaken bad jobless strong people had any help from the same token -- -- through this.
Well and that's good to hear bill are you getting support from female I mean what he's seeing that response for him.
The -- federal government is a good there.
We've got a great response the people on the ground here are doing wonderful -- city state the federal level it's just so overwhelming -- six miles.
Long and recorded the mile water got ten to fifteen blocks that are just totally devastated and then the fans felt more -- the more on the self for another five to ten blocks for.
Varying degrees of damage we've.
Units of housing units in businesses that are gone.
And why I heard by mystery that's 151000 people that don't have places to live and work anymore are saint -- you've seen over the hospital lure -- The CEO told me that's actually that -- story -- off its foundation.
Then they're not in there there -- memorial hall.
Freeman across boys and they've handled 5600 patients.
And a lot of them the ones are stable they sent out -- bit overwhelmed.
Well they're the government's you know governor's been in -- Worked with F five storm that I hit -- 198.
Miles per hour winds.
Doesn't really get much faster than that passer what -- -- telling people to try to reassure them at this point I mean.
You know it's one thing you'll lose your home it's -- another thing when everybody you know live there now.
Absolutely and our message has been in the -- we believe is a -- of redemption and thank god is Anderson -- their lives and -- into the situation and we believe that and that's outcome that's the message we've.
That's tablets -- -- a website at Joplin needs you dot com and that is this our forefront opportunity to be able to tell people that.
God loves you guys -- you -- -- guy wants to redeem not just your life but this whole situation.
And there's hope and there really isn't so.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Seeking now searching our given them hope there this time and it assists this is their reaction states and the rebuilding states comes in the next two or three weeks now last.
For -- here at city of as always get through this first initial time and then we get help rebuild their lives and that's really what we're about.
Well I -- I wish you all the luck in the world our thoughts are with you just been devastating there a 122 deaths all the destruction -- You know the people who are lucky to have you guys thanks for joining us today we really appreciate it.
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