Community pitches in to help Eureka residents

Bible Baptist Church in Eureka after the tornado. (KSN photo / Chris Arnold)

EUREKA, Kan. (KSNW) – The town of Eureka is working to get back to normal after a tornado came roaring through Thursday night.

Many places now have power back up and running while Westar crews work tirelessly to restore the rest of the power to the town. While the damage is evident, sheriff officials say, luckily, they no reports of any injuries or fatalities.

When KSN spoke with Greenwood County Sheriff Heath Samuels Friday afternoon, he pinpointed some of the hardest hit areas in town. Particularly, he says a large mill at the local elevator, about 50 to 60 feet high, had collapsed. A nearby nursing home was also hit pretty hard with one of the walls partially collapsing on the side of the building.

A church was damaged and dozens of homes and businesses received damage — some with parts of their roofs torn off. Others are dealing with broken windows and some have serious structural damage.

Many people spent Friday sifting through the debris and rubble to see what can be salvaged.

Sheriff Samuels pointed to the help from volunteers as being a huge benefit, saying nearly 200 people have come out to help people clear trees and debris.

One of those helpers is Steven Mock. He said that when he heard of the destruction he knew he had to come and offer help.

“Probably a fourth of the people that own skid loaders are here,” said Mock. “Bobcats are here already and there is a lot of work going on. You can hear a lot of chainsaws.”

It’s that kind of help the town will need as the cleanup process continues. It’s a process that Sheriff Samuels said could take up to a month.

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