Oak Grove is a city in Jackson and Lafayette counties in the U.S. state of Missouri. The population was 7,795 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. A post office called Oak Grove has been in operation since 1840, but the town was originally called Lickskillet. The city was not platted until 1878. It was named for a grove of oak trees near the original town site.On March 6, 2017, just before 9:00 pm CDT (03:00 UTC), a tornado touched down near the western edge of Oak Grove and tracked eastward across the city. 483 houses and 12 businesses were damaged, particularly between 25th and Broadway Streets across the southern part of the city.
A total of fifteen people suffered injuries, but remarkably there were no fatalities. Communications were lost and power was knocked out to many areas. The National Weather Service rated the tornado EF3. Missouri Governor Eric Greitens declared a state of emergency for the area, and traveled to Oak Grove on March 7, where he visited first responders and tornado victims.Oak Grove is located at 39°0′15″N 94°7′42″W (39.004181, -94.128299).According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.19 square miles (16.03 km2), of which 6.17 square miles (15.98 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.
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