Derby residents helping clean up after early-morning storms leave behind damage

DERBY, Kan. (KAKE) -

Many in South Central Kansas spent the day cleaning up after strong storms moved through early Sunday morning.

"I heard a lot of wind and the rain hitting the window," Laila Ulmer says the storms woke her up. 

After tornado sirens sounded, she and her family took shelter in the basement. 

They were surprised to see the damage left behind by the strong winds. 

Trees fell on homes and yards. In some South Derby neighborhoods, fallen trees covered every yard. The storms knocked out power for thousands. 

The National Weather Service surveyed the damage Sunday afternoon.

NWS reported straight-line winds reached up to 90 miles per hour. 

Many residents were shocked to see the amount of damage the storms caused.

Some kind neighbors spent the day cleaning up around the neighborhood, helping residents who weren't able to clean up the damage by themselves. 

"We'll get my friends out with teenage boys, and we'll get it done," said Karen Ulmer. After seeing the fallen trees in her neighbor's yard, she gathered her kids and friends and got to work. 

"Just teaching my kids to serve God and serve others, and that's a priority is putting others first," said Ulmer. 

So far, no injuries have been reported.