Saturday, January 5, 2012
A small northeast Kansas town that was nearly destroyed by a tornado is well on the road to recovery, despite receiving little help from the federal government.
The tornado last Feb. 28 damaged half of the homes in Harveyville in Wabaunsee County, which has a population of about 240 people. It also ruined the Methodist church and killed one person.
The town's future was left in peril after the Federal Emergency Management Agency said the property value wasn't high enough to qualify for federal assistance.
Residents rebuilt several homes themselves, and recently reinforced the foundation of the new Harveyville United Methodist Church.
The town did get help from more than 1,000 volunteers, including private contractors, along with nonprofit groups and some state resources.