Pinaire Park Residents Allowed Back Home After Tornado

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Sunday April 15, 2012

Pinaire Mobile Home Park was opened up to all the people who live there, shortly after Governor Brownback visited the area Sunday morning. The roads were opened back and and people were allowed to finally see in the light of day, what they had only caught a glimpse of Saturday night.

“Wasn't like this when we left,” Bray Galbraith told us as he walked into his home for the first time since Saturday night.

He started examining the damage from the outside. His truck is missing all its windows and a pile of trash and belongings sits where two sheds used to. Inside, the contents of his shelves now sit broken on the floor.

Galbraith tells us he barely made it to Pinaire Park's storm shelter Saturday night, before the tornado tore through.

“I was crying, me and my roommate was holding each other thinking about the animals and the little kids were just horrified in there,” Galbraith said.

Bryan and his roommates got to see the outside of their home Saturday night and although their home was hit hard, he says his neighbor's was gone.

“She was crying like real bad, I just had to hug her and hold her she was just in shock,” Galbraith said.

While looking over what's left of his home, he tells us he doesn't ever plan to move back in.

“This is just disgusting, that's why I want to move out and just not look back anymore,” Galbraith said./

Sedgwick County Fire crews tell us there are 153 mobile homes in Pinaire Park, every single one suffered at least fifty percent damage during the storm. About a third of the mobile homes were either destroyed or very nearly destroyed.

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