Reading: One Week After The Tornado

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READING, Kan. (WIBW) -- It has been more than one week since a devastating tornado ripped through the small town of Reading.

People are picking up the pieces, and trying to figure out where to go from here.

In the town, you can still see parts of a bank, blown to bits, and that parts of city hall have crumbled.

Melissa Siler’s home was hit by the tornado. She says, “we’re trying to salvage what we can salvage. The house is destroyed inside and out.”

People in need of food and personal items, are able to pick them up from the Reading Elementary School. Community members can bring items like food and toiletries to the elementary school.

Topeka police officers have been called into Reading to assist. They are ensuring people are not coming into town, and trying to steal items like scrap metal.

Reading officials say thirty houses have now been torn down. They also say houses may be torn down, based on what officials at insurance companies say.

Relief efforts will solely soon be turned over from volunteer organizations, like the American Red Cross, to residents of Reading.