Governor Matt Blunt has visited the tornado devastated community of Crosstown in Perry County and found residents who are determined to bounce back from disaster … and rescue workers who are determined to help the victims recover. After flying over the stricken region in a helicopter, the Governor met with some of the victims, rescue workers, and government officials. As he chatted with 79-year-old Wanda Lee Noe, whose home was destroyed, he was chatting with a woman who had nothing but praise for those helping in recovery efforts. In fact, Mrs. Noe made it clear she would not stand for anyone criticizing government personnel, Red Cross workers, or others helping in relief efforts. Mrs. Noe showed the Governor a diamond necklace she had lost when the twister tore through. The diamond was a gift her late husband had planned on giving her for their fortieth anniversary. She had had it for more than twenty years and thought it was gone. But it was found, in the rubble, by a 15-year-old she wants to thank once things settle down. The Governor told Mrs. Noe her spirit is inspiring to everybody.
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