Residents Start Reading Recovery

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READING, Kan. (WIBW) -- People in Reading were allowed back in to start picking up the pieces Monday. An EF-3 tornado ripped through the small town Saturday night.


Kansas Department of Health and Environment officials opened a nearby landfill that had been closed, so crews could dump loads of debris without going all the way to Emporia.

Water is still shut off to most of the town, but Westar had 15 crews working to restore electricity to the buildings that survived.

Some residents will be able to return to their homes as soon as the homes pass a safety inspection. Residents of demolished homes returned to salvage anything they could.

Residents say they're relieved to see workers and volunteers, sights and sounds that give them hope.

Reading is welcoming volunteers. Call United Way's 211 line to help.

Officials say at this point, the best gift you could give Reading is a financial one. The number for the American Red Cross is (866) 990-9910.