Judge Rules Against Woman Who Claims Faulty Home Depot Construction Led To Family Members’ Deaths During Joplin Tornado
A judge rules in favor of Home Depot in a lawsuit involving a woman who lost her husband and two children in the Joplin tornado. The husband and two children were killed inside the Home Depot, as the tornado of May 2011 destroyed the store and many other parts of Joplin.
The wife claims the deaths could have been prevented if the store was built differently.
The wife, Edie Housel, was at work while the tornado was making its way to the Home Depot with her family inside. According to the lawsuit, the husband and two children were directed to a training room in the back of the Home Depot building. The suit claims, before they could reach the area, large, unsupported wall panels collapsed on top of them.
The suit alleges the building’s destruction would have been delayed had the building not suffered from alleged flaws in construction. But Home Depot said the destruction was an act of God.
A judge in the U.S. District Court of Western Missouri ruled there was not enough evidence to prove the Home Depot’s roof was not up to Joplin building permit.