Volunteers Help Clean Up Storm Damage In Pretty Prairie

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Volunteers from in and around Pretty Prairie helped clean up the widespread damage caused by Tuesday night's storm.

"You have neighbor helping neighbor. It's what makes small towns great," said Jeff Welker, volunteer. "When we get done here, we'll go help somebody else that needs help."

Pretty Prairie Fire Chief Rick Graber said winds reached 100 miles per hour and one mobile home was moved from its foundation, but no one was hurt.

The town's elementary school suffered some roof damage and a number of bus windows were broken out.

Graber said most of the structural damage occurred to businesses on Main Street. The Pretty Prairie Civic Theatre had so much damage that it is temporarily closed.

"We'll be back. It might be next year before we do anything in here because it's going to take awhile to do the roof, replace all the ceiling tiles, and get the carpet cleaned up or replaced," said Darrell Albright, theatre volunteer and manager.

Graber said he is thankful for all the volunteers.

"We've got a ton of volunteers here, helping, bringing their chainsaws, tractors, trailers, everything, which helps a bunch, so, we're very appreciate of that," he said.

The Reno County town was closed to non-residents overnight and was opened by Wednesday afternoon.

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