9 Days After Tornado, Rebuilding Begins in Joplin

Army soldiers search for survivors May 23, 2011, just hours after a deadly tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri
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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - Residents in Joplin are already starting to rebuild less than two weeks after a massive tornado damaged thousands of homes and businesses.

The city's Home Depot was destroyed by the May 22 tornado, but residents streamed into an outdoor area Tuesday to buy lumber, roofing and other supplies. The company hopes to have a 30,000-square-foot temporary building open in a couple of weeks.

Thirty-five-year-old attorney Scott Vorhees (VOR'-heez) is among those starting to rebuild. He and his daughters were away when the storm hit. They returned to find their two-story house destroyed.

Vorhees says he's already met with a contractor and hopes to start construction soon. He says he thinks it's important for people to see rebuilding going on and to help the town build momentum to get going again.