Volunteers flock to Eureka after tornado


Local News

June 30, 2018 - 4:00 AM

An aerial view of the damage left by an EF-3 tornado that hit Eureka Tuesday. See more photos on page A8. COURTESY OF THE WICHITA EAGLE

EUREKA, Kan. (AP) — Residents of a Kansas town where a tornado injured eight people and damaged dozens of homes are starting to clean up the mess.

The state Adjutant General’s Department on Thursday afternoon called for 100-200 more volunteers in Eureka after more than 300 people showed up that morning to help. The twister that hit the town of about 2,400 residents Tuesday night has been classified as an EF-3 with winds of at least 136 mph. Nearly 80 homes were damaged and at least 10 were destroyed. The high school also was damaged.

The Red Cross provided food and set up a shelter in a church where residents and volunteers can cool off. State officials also are helping residents obtain critical documents, such as birth and marriage certificates.

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