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Commercial properties responsible for moving debris to dump sites

Many Joplin businesses destroyed in the May 22 tornado are still trying to figure out whether they should just clean up debris, rebuild or move locations.

Because commercial properties are not eligible for FEMA clean up they can not leave their debris in piles beside the road.

The owners must find a way to take the debris to the dump sites themselves.

Unlike home owners commercial property owners do not have a specific time limit on removing the debris from their property.

However, the city says debris should be picked up as soon as possible.

“We are going to begin calling commercial businesses and seeing what their plan is to get cleaned up and if they have any needs we would try to do anything we can to try to get commercial cleaned up,” says city finance director Leslie Jones.


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