The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 2011 Joplin tornado

October 17, 2012

Empire District Electric Co. dedicates rebuilt substation

Saying he was “familiar with praying in this space,” the Rev. Justin Monaghan, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, gave the blessing Wednesday morning as Empire District Electric Co. dedicated its rebuilt substation near 26th Street and Moffet Avenue.

The substation was “little more than a heap of metal and mangled wire” after the May 22, 2011, tornado, noted Martin Penning, vice president of commercial operations for the Joplin-based utility. The EF-5 tornado was so powerful that it moved a transformer that weighed 126,000 pounds.

“We believe the previous transformer had been scooted on its pad four to five inches,” he said.

Two new transformers, each of similar weight, were brought in this summer. They convert power from the 69,000-volt transmission line to 12,000 volts for distribution lines used by residences and businesses in the area.

Penning said it is important to bring the substation on line as the area rebuilds. City figures indicate that more than 75 percent of the residences destroyed in the storm have been rebuilt or are under construction.

Empire officials have said the substation was the last major component of the company’s rebuilding stemming from the tornado.

The wrecked substation was part of an estimated $20 million to $30 million in damages to Empire’s infrastructure. Six substations were damaged, as were 4,000 poles, 1,000 smaller transformers and 100 miles of electric line. Penning put the cost of rebuilding the destroyed substation at about $7 million.

The site for the substation increased after the storm, taking in part of the property that previously belonged to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, its elementary school and parish center, all of which also were destroyed in the storm. The church has announced plans to rebuild near 32nd Street and Central City Road.

Empire paved and finished off a parking lot adjacent to the large iron cross that has become one of the iconic symbols for many after the storm.



Empire upgrade

SUBSTATION 59 at 26th Street and Moffet Avenue, originally constructed in 1927, is one of about 175 substations owned by Empire District Electric Co.

1
Text Only
May 2011 Joplin tornado
  • r041414wildwood.jpg Opening of nursing home another recovery milestone

    Gladys Dutton has done a lot of things in her life, but Monday’s dedication of the Communities at Wildwood Ranch nursing home marked a first. “I’ve never cut a ribbon before,” she said. “I hope I do a good job.” Dutton was one of four residents to participate in the opening of the $8.5 million nursing center that eventually will be home to 120 people.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • 052212 unity walk1_72.jpg SLIDESHOW: One year later, One day of unity, updated Photos from a day of events commemorating the May 22, 2011 tornado anniversary

    May 22, 2012 1 Photo

  • Joplin Redevelopment Corp. preparing for first property sale

    The first sale of property from the Joplin Redevelopment Corp. to Wallace Bajjali Development Partners is scheduled for May 16. The city staff will be working to prepare for that sale, it was discussed on Tuesday at a meeting of the JRC.

    April 9, 2014

  • Issues prompt pair to seek help from city; allocations approved for repairs in tornado zone

    Two people spoke to the Joplin City Council on Monday night about issues they would like the city government to address. Elizabeth Clement, a Neosho resident who works in Joplin, asked the city to operate more surveillance in parking lots because of the number of cars stolen. She said her car was stolen from the parking lot at Northpark Mall and used in robberies.

    April 7, 2014

  • National institute releases final report on Joplin tornado

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology on Friday released a final report into the technical investigation of the May 22, 2011, tornado that struck Joplin — the deadliest tornado in the United States in the 64 years that official records have been kept.

    March 28, 2014

  • r031814tornadofunds2.jpg Local tornado fund board cites appreciation, accomplishments

    The 991 donations ranged from $1 to $119,000. They came from all over the world. On Tuesday, the managers of the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund gave an accounting of how those donations, which totaled about $995,950 with interest, were given in 41 grants, recipients of which included 27 local agencies.

    March 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Dan Riddell 0604013.jpg Farmers Insurance extends tornado recovery commitment

    After investments that included stationing a company executive in Joplin for eight months last year, officials with Farmers Insurance said the company will continue its post-tornado commitment to Joplin in 2014. “We’re going to stay until the end,” said Doris Dunn, director of community relations for the company, on Wednesday. “That includes sending in another 100-plus volunteers and making some additional financial investments.”

    February 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • r021714rescuedog.jpg Author prepares for release of children’s book featuring heroic Joplin rescue dog

    Carolyn Mueller is both a dog lover and a storyteller. So when she got the opportunity to write a story about a Joplin dog named Lily who helped search for survivors after the May 2011 tornado, she jumped on it. “Dogs like Lily can be heroes, too,” she said.

    February 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • VIDEO: Lost photos claim day to be held at museum

    National Disaster Photo Rescue and the Joplin Museum Complex have scheduled a public viewing and photo claim day for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the museum complex in Schifferdecker Park. The project, originally known as Lost Photos of Joplin, was organized in the weeks after the May 22, 2011, Joplin tornado to reunite storm victims with photos displaced by the storm.

    February 4, 2014

  • Building-permit total since tornado nears $1 billion

    The building of new homes in Joplin continues at an average pace of 16 to 18 per month, according to a building permit report released for December by the city of Joplin. Eighteen building permits for new homes were issued in both November and December. In fiscal year 2013, permits for new homes averaged more than 16 per month.

    January 31, 2014

Purchase Globe Photos


Featured Ads
Facebook
Tornado: Multimedia coverage
Tornado: Obituaries
Tornado: Columns
Tornado: Mike Pound
Tornado: Lists of missing, fatalities & relief
Tornado: Donate & volunteer
Tornado: Resources & relief