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Baxter Springs begins long rebuilding effort after tornado


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BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. - Bud Martin has owned an auto repair shop in Baxter Springs for 15 years.

But it took just minutes for it to be severely damaged by an EF-2 tornado on Sunday.

"It's just hard to accept," says Martin. "You wake up and you think, is that real or a dream, you know? It's a sad day."

The damage to Martin's auto shop means five workers are suddenly out of a job. Sadly, it's a scene being repeated all over Baxter Springs. With more than 100 homes and businesses damaged or destroyed, this town's economy has been hit hard.

"Those are jobs and those are families in our community," says Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves. "They've not only lost their homes, they've lost their jobs because the building is no longer there."

Many homes and businesses in Baxter Springs are still without power since the tornado. They're using generators to stay afloat. It's a sign of this town's fighting spirit....one that will be severely tested in the weeks and months to come.

"Rebuild and keep going," says Martin. "Get bigger. That's about all you can do."


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