KIMBERLING CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A small, southwest Missouri town that was hit hard a tornado early Wednesday is getting plenty of help from a large corps of volunteers.
Kimberling City was roughly the starting point for the EF2 tornado that sped eastward for 22 miles, doing massive damage to Branson. Kimberling City had about 25 homes destroyed and 50 others damaged.
KYTV reports that volunteers began arriving Thursday to help Kimberling City with cleanup and recovery. Some of them came from Joplin, which drew thousands of volunteers after the tornado that killed 161 people last May.
Steve Jennings traveled from Joplin with other members of College Heights Christian Church. He says the Joplin residents know what Kimberling City is going through and wanted to pay back the help they got last year.