Joplin receives $45M in grants to help with rebuilding effort

JOPLIN, Mo. -- The city of Joplin, Missouri is still recovering from the massive tornado that tore through in 2011.

And now the city is getting millions of dollars in federal funds to help with disaster recovery.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development gave Joplin city leaders a check for more $45 million.

City leaders have spent several months looking at how to use these funds.

More than half of the funds will go to housing. The rest will go to infrastructure and economic development.

Congress approved $300 million in grant funding for disasters last year alone.

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