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Silver Lake hit hard by overnight storms

As Phil Anderson reports via Facebook Live, strong storms overnight caused a large tree limb to fall onto the roof of a Silver Lake home. Recorded at 6:24 a.m.
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 9:18 AM CDT
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SILVER LAKE, Kan. (WIBW) - Residents of Silver Lake were cleaning up their town Wednesday after an overnight storm downed tree limbs and knocked out power.

Several residents told 13 NEWS the storm was the most severe they could remember in Silver Lake.

Doris Reamer, 88, who lives in the 100 block of Masche Street in Silver Lake, said she was home Wednesday night when a large tree fell on top of her house.

A large tree limb fell on top of her house, allowing water to run into her residence.

“I just heard a big ‘boom,’ and all crunching and cracking,” Reamer said. “It was awful.”

Reamer said she spent a good part of the night using containers to catch rainwater that was pouring through her home’s damaged roof. She said family members also came to help.

“It came through the dining room ceiling,” she said. “I got buckets sitting there -- have all night long. I’ve kept emptying them because it’s raining in. It was a mess.”

After sunrise Wednesday, Reamer was pulling large branches and putting them into a pile on the south side of her home.

Several neighbors came by to assist Reamer as she cleared the trees and limbs from her property.

Silver Lake residents said they lost power around 10 p.m. Tuesday and that it was restored around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Evergy power reported about Silver Lake customers remained without power around 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Meanwhile, residents assisted city of Silver Lake workers to remove downed tree limbs from streets so vehicles could travel on them.

Residents also were up early to check on each other.

“It’s a good town,” said resident Cody Meier. “Everybody looks after each other. I’m sure, later on in the day, our neighbors will be coming around, helping us out, because that’s we do here. We’re a good community that looks after each other.”

No injuries or damage estimates had been reported in the storms as of mid-morning Wednesday.

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