Kansas Town Shifts To Tornado Recovery

By: AP/13 News
By: AP/13 News

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP/13 News) _ Officials in Reading are moving out of the relief phase and into the recovery phase after a tornado struck May 21, killing one resident.

The city and Lyon County Emergency Management Agency issued a release Monday saying the quick move toward recovery was aided by the outpouring of support and volunteers.

During the transition to the recovery phase, the city anticipates needing only a few volunteers. Residents are waiting for insurance settlements and a decision by the Federal Emergency
Management Agency regarding a disaster declaration.

A disaster loan outreach center will close up shop June 30th. It's been in town helping people since the beginning of June.

Dozens of homes and businesses were destroyed by the tornado, estimated to have been an EF3 when it hit the town of about 240.

People continue reaching out to help those impacted by the storm. An event called "Rebuild Reading Day" is planned for noon to 9 pm Saturday, June 25th, at Reading Park. It will feature bands, raffles, kids' games, horseback rides, a petting zoo, fireworks and more. All money raised will go to the Reading Relief Fund.

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