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Responders Shift Focus to Cleanup, Recovery in Harveyville

HARVEYVILLE TOR-2Harveyville tornado damage. (AP Photo)

UPDATE: Authorities say one person has died from injuries sustained in the Harveyville tornado. The victim has been identified as 53-year-old Richard D. Slade. He died at a Topeka hospital Wednesday night.

Emergency responders in Harveyville are shifting their focus to cleanup and recovery after severe storms battered the area. A tornado packing 130 mile per hour winds heavily damaged the small town in Wabaunsee County. As Kansas Public Radio’s Stephen Koranda reports, it left at least 14 people injured.


HARVEYVILLE TOR-4Harveyville damage. (Photo Courtesy of KS Adjutant General)Clean-up Underway in Harveyville after Tuesday's Tornado

The northeast Kansas town of Harveyville continues to clean-up following Tuesday night's tornado. The National Weather Service says it was an E-F-2 tornado - with wind speeds up to 130 miles per hour - that ripped through the community. KPR's J. Schafer spoke with one of the state officials on the ground in Harveyville. Sharon Watson is a spokeswoman for the Kansas Adjutant General's Department, which provides emergency management services following tornadoes and other disasters.

That's Sharon Watson, a spokeswoman with the office of Kansas Emergency Management. She was speaking with KPR's J. Schafer. If you'd like to help Harveyville residents recover from the storm, you're encouraged to make donations to the Red Cross, United Way or Salvation Army in care of the Harveyville Tornado.

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