Second Strike

By: Theresa Freed
By: Theresa Freed

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After a weekend of storms, the new week begins with major clean up efforts in western Kansas. One community alone is dealing with more than $6 Million in damage from weekend storms. More than $3 Million of the damage is to residential areas in Liberal which has been declared a disaster area. Residents barely finished cleaning up from the last storm before this latest one hit.

Letter Carrier Sherry Sutherland says as she drives all over town, the sign is astonishing. "I've lived in western Kansas all my life and I've never experienced storms like this, especially this close together." Sutherland says just about every home and business is recovering from nearly 80 mile per hour winds, golf ball size hair and several inches of rain.

Seward County Undersheriff Gene Austin says more than $1 Million in damage was done to cars in Liberal. In some places downtown Saturday night, the water was waist high. "In Southwest Kansas, this is very unusual, having this much like this, we've had other storms, but nothing back to back like this."

Several business were also beginning to recover from last month's storms, but now must start the clean up all over again. Business owner Jeff Granger says luckily community members are pitching in to help each other out. Three months ago, it was 3 tornados that ripped through southwest Kansas, doing million of dollars in damage. This past weekend, just wind and hail causing just as much destruction.


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