Tornado Relief Efforts Enter New Phase In Wichita

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Relief groups that responded to the April 14 tornado in southwestern Wichita are adjusting their efforts as the recovery enters a new phase.

The United Way says the need for volunteers is declining as debris from damaged and destroyed homes is moved to curbsides. The agency says roads need to remain clear to accommodate heavy trucks collecting the debris.

The American Red Cross said Monday it closed its shelter in Derby after everyone staying there was placed in other housing. The Red Cross ended its feeding service Sunday after dishing out more than 12,000 meals and snacks.

But Red Cross volunteers continue working in Wichita. And the Salvation Army is sending more volunteers from Kansas City to Wichita, where it still has a mobile kitchen serving survivors and cleanup crews.

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