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Mizzou lends a hand to help Jefferson City dig out in tornado’s aftermath

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Late on Wednesday night, I sat in my basement and anxiously stared at bright splotches moving across my computer screen and hoped storm paths angled a few degrees north. Five hours to the west, my parents and three yellow labs huddled in a basement as tornado siren howled several blocks away.

Today, I call Indianapolis home, but I was born and raised in Columbia, and the notion that I’d learn via Twitter that a tornado that reportedly touched down near Midway cut through it like a scythe was, well, not good.

Fortunately, Boone County was spared.

The same can’t be said of our friends 30 minutes away in Jefferson City. A twister — rated an EF3 and packing winds of 160 mph — angled its way northeast from the outskirts of Eldon. Around midnight, it plowed into the capital’s southeast side, injuring 25 residents and damaging more than 70 buildings.

Cleanup efforts have started in earnest around the city of 40,000, and the University of Missouri has tried to fill the breach. On Thursday, MU announced it would offer temporary housing for impacted employees, students and their families as well as those connected to Lincoln University who have been displaced.

Meanwhile, Mizzou’s baseball team used its downtime to lend hands to help the recovery.

On Friday, the Tigers joined with 100 volunteers to clear debris at the headquarters for Special Olympics of Missouri’s Training for Life Campus. The facility was relatively new, but thankfully, there were no injuries as a result of the storm. But as you can see, the building sustained quite a wallop.

This isn’t the first time Mizzou athletics has tried to help stand a battered town back up. Its assistance in the wake of a massive tornado that struck Joplin eight years ago is a prime example. I also feel reasonably confident other programs will try to chip in when possible along the way.

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