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Monday, April 21, 2014

Andover city officials hope to reunite residents with photos blown away by deadly 1991 tornado

By Stan Finger
Wichita Eagle

Andover city officials will have a special ceremony next Tuesday marking the 20th anniversary of the massive tornado that killed 13 people in the Golden Spur mobile home park -- as well as killing four others on a deadly path through Haysville, south Wichita and McConnell Air Force Base.

Photographs picked up in the wake of the EF5 tornado will be displayed on tables, and officials say they hope people will find any that belong to them or to loved ones.

The Red Cross will serve coffee and lemonade from one of their emergency response vehicles beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Andover City Clerk Susan Renner said in a prepared statement. Red Cross volunteers and emergency responders will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on how to be well-prepared when violent weather threatens again.

An invocation will be given at the council meeting when it begins at 7 p.m., and the names of those killed by the tornado will be read aloud.

The gathered photographs will remain at Andover City Hall until May 3 for those who want to go through them. The city hall is now at 1609 E. Central in Andover Central Park.

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