A tornado that ripped through southern Leavenworth County damaged more homes than initially reported. And preliminary figures for property damage exceed $26 million, according to an emergency management official.
The tornado, which first touched down in neighboring Douglas County, entered southwestern Leavenworth County on Tuesday evening. The tornado then traveled northeast across southern Leavenworth County.
Only minor injuries were reported in Leavenworth County.
Representatives of the Leavenworth County Appraiser’s Office had completed damage assessments by Friday.
It is now believed that 129 homes were impacted by the tornado in Leavenworth County. Forty-five of those homes were completely destroyed. Forty-six residences had what is considered significant damage and 38 homes had minor damage, according to Chuck Magaha, director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management.
One industrial property, Free State Growers, was completely destroyed. A family-operated dairy farm also was destroyed. And 159 accessory structures in Leavenworth County were destroyed by the tornado.
A Volunteer Reception Center is being established at Basehor-Linwood Middle School, 15900 Conley St. People who want to volunteer to help with tornado relief efforts in southern Leavenworth County are asked to report at the center between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Volunteers are required to check in and out of the center. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
Magaha recommends that volunteers wear long pants, boots, eye protection, gloves and head wear. He also recommends they use sunscreen and bug spray.
Leavenworth County Undersheriff Jim Sherley said law enforcement officers will continue to provide security in the area that was impacted by the tornado for the foreseeable future.
“If anybody needs anything, we continue to be out there,” he said.
Sherley asks people in the area to contact the Sheriff’s Office if they see anything out of the ordinary. He said people also can contact the Sheriff’s Office if they have concerns about possible price gouging or scams related to repairs or debris removal.
Emergency management officials said donations of supplies are not needed at this time. Magaha said people can help the relief efforts by making monetary donations to the American Red Cross or The Salvation Army.