Joplin Tornado 5-22-11

These are photographs taken during my trip down to Joplin, MO after the EF5 tornado on May 22, 2011 leveled much of this beautiful town.
My mom and I took a road trip to help some friends of ours whose home was destroyed during this storm. We were not prepared for what we saw. These pictures do not do the destruction, heartache,  love, and hope of this town justice. 
Joplin, and it's lovely people, will forever have a piece of my heart.

A photo looking down our friend's street. Not far to the left is where the hospital was hit.

A neighbor of our friend.

A house still standing, across the street from the one that is no longer there. Surreal.