Harveyville Debris Lands Close To Home

By: Suzie Gilbert Email
By: Suzie Gilbert Email
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What's left of a home hit by a tornado in Harveyville, Kan. on February 28, 2012. Photo by Eric Ives

PERRY, Kan. (WIBW) -- It's been more than a week since buildings in Harveyville were ripped to shreds by a tornado, leaving debris littering the town. The wreckage landed close to home for one Perry woman, who got a surprise at her mailbox.

Georgie Stebbins says there's a lot in this world we don't understand, like why tornadoes rip through small towns, leveling homes, and churches, or how a reminder of the wreckage, something so small, could travel so far.

On Monday, Georgie spotted a piece of trash while checking her mail.

She says she can be a nag about litter, but what she saw made her heart start pounding.

Georgie had picked up a United Methodist Church program, not from Lawrence or Topeka, but all the way from Harveyville, from the church no longer standing, some 40 miles away.

"Did the wind carry this all the way from Harveyville and deposit it right by my mailbox? Did it stop someplace else and then the wind pick it up and bring it? Who knows?" Stebbins said.

Georgie says it's a reminder to take care of personal and important papers, to protect them in case of natural disaster. And she says it's a sign that devastation, though not in your front yard, could be closer than you think.

"It breaks your heart, really. It's a small congregation and I know it'd be hard for them to replace. It isn't rebuilding, it's replacing hymnals and everything that was lost," Stebbins said.

Georgie says she plans to send a donation to the Harveyville United Methodist Church, and she encourages others to do the same.


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