Then and now

The Springfield News-Leader has posted some astonishing photographs from Joplin on its webpage this morning.

It has sent photographers back to the area devastated by the May 22nd tornado and had them take pictures of what is left ninety days later (next Monday is the three-month anniversary of the event)

The photographs in May showed destruction beyond imagination. But the photographs of the same areas now tell an incredible story. While the May pictures show damage and debris, the photographs of the areas now might in their own way give a better understanding of the totality of the destruction. Now that the debris has been hauled away, it is almost a shock to see what was obvious but concealed in May:

There is nothing left.

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