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Minneapolis Faces Its Future As Crews Prepare to Clean Up Bridge Collapse

Crews working to remove the debris from the Mississippi River following a bridge collapse in Minneapolis began moving in their heavy equipment on Monday. Meanwhile the Minneapolis area continues to cope with the disaster, which killed at least five people.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    Now, a look at how the Minneapolis area is dealing with, and reacting to, last week's bridge collapse. NewsHour special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro has our report.

  • FRED DE SAM LAZARO, NewsHour Correspondent:

    The interfaith event Sunday night was billed as a service of healing to comfort those directly affected by the bridge disaster. But Rabbi Sim Glaser said everyone was affected.

  • RABBI SIM GLASER, Temple Israel, Minneapolis:

    We know someone who knows someone who knows someone, or even if we do not, we know that our neighbors have been harmed and that darkness dims our own homes. Our city has suddenly become smaller.

    Our friends call us from around the country and the world and they ask us if we were there. Most of us say, "No, we're fine," and our loved ones are relieved to hear it, and they are able to move on. But somehow the shadows linger, and we are strangely moved to prayer.

  • FRED DE SAM LAZARO:

    Some who came had prayers of thanks as well as sympathy.

  • JANE GEPPERT:

    My husband rides his bicycle under that bridge every night at 6:00, and that night he had to work late. And for a split second, I was in panic, and I was calling and waiting, and I was so grateful to hear his voice. And my heart goes out to the families that still don't know.

  • FRED DE SAM LAZARO:

    The names of the eight missing were released over the weekend. They include 45-year-old Greg Jolstad; 23-year-old Sadiya Sahal and her 2-year-old daughter, Hanah. Many who came to this makeshift memorial to accident victims said they were thankful the casualty numbers were low, five confirmed dead and about 100 injured.

  • KAREN GILSETH:

    I'm just amazed that, you know, 100 people and 75 are at home, and I'm amazed that more people didn't get hurt.

  • FRED DE SAM LAZARO:

    Or didn't get killed.

  • KAREN GILSETH:

    Right, right.

  • BOB BARNI:

    Previous to, you know, to now, people thought that the death toll was going to be really, really, high, and it's pretty lucky that it's not any more than what it was.