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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Red Cross releases damage assessment for Kansas tornadoes

By Stan Finger
The Wichita Eagle

The Midway Kansas Chapter of the American Red Cross has released a damage assessment report for the tornadoes that swept across Kansas on April 14 — including the EF3 tornado that struck the Wichita area after sunset.

That tornado affected 429 homes in the Wichita area, the report states. Of those, 72 were destroyed; 56 had major damage; 98 had minor damage and 203 others were affected in some way. Statewide, tornadoes affected 493 homes, according to the Red Cross.

Red Cross volunteers operated two feeding sites and also delivered meals to affected areas close to Wichita. Volunteers had served 12,346 meals and snacks by the time the feeding service ended with lunch on Sunday.

The shelter at the Derby Recreation Center for survivors of the tornado closed Sunday evening after everyone staying there was placed in other housing, Red Cross officials said. The shelter was opened at 3 a.m. on April 15 and provided 111 overnight stays in its week of operation.

Red Cross volunteers distributed nearly 1,375 bulk items, including shovels, rakes, gloves and trash bags.

The Red Cross still has a presence in the Oaklawn Activity Center, and victims of the tornado can call 316-219-4052 for help.

“Now is the time people need to reach out for our assistance,” Bev Morlan, Midway-Kansas executive director, said in a prepared statement.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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