Dozens of people pitch in to cleanup from Thursday’s tornadoes


SALINA, Kan. (KSNW) – Friday morning, National Weather Service officials walked through damage from Thursday afternoon’s tornado with Saline County Emergency Management officials. While there was damage found, the other thing that they encountered along the way was dozens of people helping one another to get things cleaned up.

The McDowell’s have lived in their home for 11 years. On Thursday afternoon, it was destroyed.

“There was, a nice peaked roof here, with a beautiful glass door, my porch,” Lisa McDowell said as she walked through what was left behind, not much to see besides rubble and broken glass.

“It’s gonna be a long process to try to get this, get this going,” McDowell said as she surveyed the damage.

Yet, it’s happening. Dozens of people showed up Thursday afternoon to help the family begin the cleanup process, something that continued well into Friday.

“Everyone comes together, I mean, they just came with trailers and trucks and just walked fields for miles and miles trying to salvage items for us,” said Lisa.

“I know that’s probably what’s keeping both Lisa and Bryan sane right now,” said Susan Trafton-Evans, a family friend and one of the organizers of the clean up.

“Just the huge amount of support right now they have right now from family and friends all coming to help.”

All that’s left to do now is continue to clean up and move forward.

The house, much of it built by the family by hand is just one piece to a much bigger puzzle.

“Now, I just look at it and it was kind of all done in vain I guess,” said Lisa. “but, we’re gonna rebuild. We’re gonna come back stronger and see what happens.”

In addition to the McDowell’s home, there were two barns that were damaged and a vacant house. Officials with Saline County Emergency Management hope to have all of the area cleaned up by next week.