Eureka emergency response crews still needing volunteersPosted: Updated:
Emergency response crews are still in need of cleanup volunteers following the EF-3 tornado that hit Tuesday night.
Crews and cleanup volunteers gathered Wednesday to help pick up debris and assist residents who were directly affected by the tornado.
An estimated 300 volunteers gathered Thursday to help with cleanup efforts. Abby Noble is a Eureka High School Senior who was among the hundreds of volunteers helping clean up. Noble told KAKE news she's completely overwhelmed with the mess but happy to see so much help pouring in.
"It means so much because we are such a tiny town in Kansas. The fact that there is a whole bunch of sheriff officer's and people who want to help us. It's just great," said Noble.
The Greenwood County sheriff said they will be hosting a town hall meeting at the Matt Samuel's Community center on Friday at 7 p.m. The meeting is to allow residents to discuss the cleanup and what they'll be doing to move forward.
On Thursday, the Greenwood County Emergency manager said in a news release that 100-200 volunteers are still needed. Adding that volunteers should be able to handle the extreme heat. Volunteers are asked to come with gloves, eye protection, work boots and long pants.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has employees on site working with residents to obtain critical documentation. All fees to obtain important documents such as birth and marriage certificates are being waived. Employees will be in Eureka until Saturday.
Westar is still working to restore power to approximately 1,400 residents in Eureka. Most residents are expected to have power restored by Thursday night. Westar informed Eureka residents that power cannot be restored in homes that where the electric meter and the wires that feed electricity into a home or business has been detached. Residents will have to hire an electrician to make those repairs before crews can restore power.
The American Red Cross shelter remains open and is serving as a cooling station for residents and volunteers throughout the day. They also have two mobile feeding routes along with water bottles.
The Kansas department of transportation has deployed five message boards, 10 dump trucks, 30 barricades, skid steer, wheel loader, excavator and four flag personnel to assist with directing traffic.
The Kansas department of Revenue informed residents that were affected by the tornado that they can free replacement car titles, registration and drivers licenses if those documents were lost or damaged in the storm. Applications can be made at the Greenwood County Treasurer's office.