Eureka residents look to the future after tornado

Mark Burtin's home was damaged Thursday night in a tornado that hit Eureka. (KSN Photo)

EUREKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Mark Burtin lives in the mobile home in Eureka. On Thursday night, his home was damaged beyond repair.

“Just debris everywhere. It’s a big mess.”

He says his next steps are to salvage what he can, bulldoze the rest and start over.

Martin Burtin has lived in his home for seven years. He talk about rebuilding and what comes next. (KSN Photo)
Martin Burtin has lived in his home for seven years. He talk about rebuilding and what comes next. (KSN Photo)

“Get rid of this thing and build again.”

Burtin lived in the mobile home just blocks from the heart of Eureka for seven years. His family all gathered around Friday to support him.

Burtin wasn’t home when the tornado hit. When he came back to check for damage, he saw a string of debris.

“When I see the big tree out front, the dogwood tree, and then I see my boat turned around sideways in the driveway. It’s a mess. Totally devastating.”

He says Eureka is the kind of community that comes together and lifts each other up.

“There’ll be a hundred of them probably tomorrow. Everybody helps everybody.”

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