Officials update progress in tornado damaged Baxter Springs

Several trees in Baxter Springs were damaged in the tornado. The tornado struck around 5:39 p.m. Sunday. (KSN Photo)
Several trees in Baxter Springs were damaged in the tornado. The tornado struck around 5:39 p.m. Sunday. (KSN Photo)

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kansas – Law enforcement on Tuesday updated progress in tornado damaged Baxter Springs.

Assessment teams identified 75 residences in the impact zone that were deemed to be completely destroyed.

Today, those teams will go back through to evaluate other homes that were not necessarily a total loss.

Throughout Monday night and Tuesday morning, law enforcement maintained a heavy presence and reported no issues, such as thefts, looting or curfew violations.

Law enforcement plans to continue the saturation of the impact zone to assist with insuring residents’ property is safeguarded while they are away.

On Tuesday, Empire District Electric Company reported 473 homes still without power, and their crews continue to work diligently to restore electric to their customers.

Cleanup efforts continue, and volunteers are asked to register at 2402 Military Avenue.

The Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Division is on site to insure that residents are not victimized or scammed by those who are needing repairs to their homes.

The Kansas Multi-Agency Resource Center is in the process of setting up at the First Christian Center (3020 Roberts Road) to assist residents obtain replacement documents such as drivers licenses and car titles.

The State of Kansas is waiving any replacement costs for those affected by the storm.

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