5 injured in tornado in Eureka

KSN – June 27, 2018

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Officials say five people have been injured in a tornado that touched down Tuesday night in Eureka.

The National Weather Service reports that the tornado touched down around 7:31 p.m. causing structural damage and uprooted trees.

Governor Jeff Colyer declared a State of Disaster Emergency proclamation at 8:33 p.m. and Greenwood County has declared a state of local disaster.

“We did have five injuries, one of which is critical, but they’re all kind of the walking wounded, they’ve been treated at the local ER,” said Sheriff Health Samuels.

The Kansas Department of Transportation has closed Highway 54 from mile marker 287 to mile marker 266 and will be manning the detour.

Westar Energy crews are working diligently to restore power. As of 6:30 a.m. just over 2,700 people remained without power in Greenwood County.

Two KDEM Public Assistance representatives and one Kansas Department of Health and Environment representative will arrive in Eureka this morning to start debris damage assessment.

The American Red Cross is asking anyone affected by the tornado to register at their Safe and Well website or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. A shelter was also opened for displaced residents at the Methodist Church on Main Street in Eureka. It is located at 521 N. Main Street.

If you have already been or become injured by debris from the tornado you can go to the Greenwood County Health Department to receive a Tetanus shot from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located at 200 West 1st Street.

All volunteers assisting with the tornado clean up are being asked to check in at 12 p.m. to 100 North Jefferson at the Matt Samuels Community Building.

The State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka was activated to coordinate the response of state agencies. Personnel from the Kansas Division of Emergency Management are in contact with Greenwood County Emergency Management officials to respond to requests for assistance.

 

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