Tornado-Stricken Kan. Town Gets Large Grant

What was left of a church hit by a tornado in Harveyville, Kan. on February 28, 2012. Photo by Eric Ives

HARVEYVILLE, Kan. (AP) _ A northeastern Kansas town recovering from a February tornado has received a grant to repair its wastewater treatment system and remove storm debris.

The state Commerce Department said Thursday the nearly $246,000 awarded to Harveyville comes from the Community Development Block Grant program.

About 40 percent of the buildings in Harveyville sustained significant damage when an EF-2 tornado struck the Waubansee (wah-BUHN'-see) County town of about 300 people on Feb. 28. The twister killed one person and injured 13.

Kansas officials say the grant will help finance repairs to the water treatment system's pump house building, alarm dialer and other components.