Did the Federal Government Fail Treece, Kansas, and Picher, Oklahoma?

Abandoned high school mascot statue sitting in a make-shift memorial in Picher, Oklahoma in 2018.

I’ve been to Treece, Kansas, and Picher, Oklahoma, three times in my life. Once, in 2008 on a summer road trip with my grandparents. An EF4 tornado had just struck Picher. I was six years old.

The second time I visited was in 2018. So much of what I remembered from the first visit had disappeared.