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Tornado strikes Eureka in eastern Kansas, State of Emergency declared

andy lambertJuly 8, 2016

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a State of Disaster Emergency declaration for Greenwood County after a tornado struck the City of Eureka the evening of Thursday, July 7. The declaration authorizes the use of state resources and personnel to assist with response and recovery operations in affected counties that meet certain criteria.

The tornado damaged approximately 50 residential homes and businesses.  No fatalities or serious injuries have been reported. There are reports of multiple power outages in the county.

The American Red Cross opened a shelter at the Eureka United Method Church, 521 N Main St.

Kansas Division of Emergency Management staff will coordinate assistance to conduct in-depth damage assessments and assistance for debris management. A KDEM regional coordinator was sent to the county to provide assistance to local and county officials.

At this time individuals are being asked to not self-deploy to the area. A Volunteer Reception Center will be coordinated through the United Way of the Plains.

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