McPherson County residents cleaning up after severe storms

MCPHERSON COUNTY, Kansas – From derailed train cars and demolished buildings, to ripped screen doors and hail peppered walls, Wednesday night’s storm hit areas of McPherson County hard.

“It looks like they were shot with a shotgun only using, I don’t know, like golf balls, some of the vinyl siding is destroyed,” said Steve Percival, Galva resident.

“Some of them almost the size of golf balls, you know, I mean, the ground was pretty much white,” said Jeff Everett, Galva resident.

Everett’s house, like so many others, had damage.

Holes cover the front of the house after being hit by hail.

The hail damage took him by surprise.

“Just to see the damage it’s done to everything, just seeing it in the five minutes that it was here, the destruction it left behind,” said Everett.

It wasn’t only the hail, but the wind that caused damage.

The wind caused some serious damage and destruction at Galva Storage and Rental. (KSN Photo: Ashley Arnold)
The wind caused some serious damage and destruction at Galva Storage and Rental. (KSN Photo: Ashley Arnold)

“We had straight line winds that came through here, I think one of the readings locally were around 72 mph, probably more than that,” said Darren Frazier, McPherson County Emergency Manager.

While estimates for the amount of damage done won’t be available for a few more days, officials say it will certainly have a significant impact to the community where around 60 homes were damaged.

“If you’re talking siding, roofing, you know, you could easily push $10,000 per house or per structure. Obviously, I don’t know what this building right here would cost, but that’s gonna push that dollar figure up,” said Frazier.

The other big concern was the train derailment.

Officials say the clean up is still taking place and that as far as the contents of those 33 cars, it seems that some of them were empty.

The others had some retail products, like televisions.

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