Storm-ravaged Joplin still lacks fuel, truck services

| 5/24/2011

In the aftermath of a devastating tornado, the city of Joplin, MO, lacks truck services and fuel. The Missouri Department of Transportation is urging truckers and motorists not to stop at Exit 11 because there is no fuel and no truck service there. At Exit 4, there is fuel available but no other truck services, MoDOT announced Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday, May 24, MoDOT further underscored the need for travelers to keep traffic lanes clear and to allow emergency responders to do their jobs.

“We understand that drivers are concerned about friends at the shops and others who live in the Joplin community,” MoDOT said in a statement.

“The problem is that those who pull into town to check on folks are causing traffic issues. Many roads are impassable because of debris. Emergency response vehicles need the roads that are clear to be as free of traffic as possible. Please give them room to work.”

MoDOT describes the restricted area as follows: “Roads in an area north of the interstate are restricted to all but emergency vehicles. The rough borders of the area are MO Route 66 to the north, MO 249 to the east, MO FF/32nd Street to the south and Central City Road to the west.” 
Sections of Business U.S. 71 and Loop 44 are also included.

Those who attempt to enter the area will be ticketed, MoDOT warns. Click here and click on the Joplin tab to view a map of the restricted area.

If you’re looking for people, MoDOT recommends using the Red Cross’ Safe and Well service at, Facebook or other Internet resources.