Sunday designated as day of rest in tornado-ravaged Harveyville

Categories: Sabbath Issues

Posted: Mar 04, 2012 8:55 AM ESTUpdated: Mar 18, 2012 8:56 AM EDT

By Chris Oberholtz, Multimedia Producer – email


Clean up efforts in the tornado-ravaged town of Harveyville, KS, are on hold.

Sunday is being designated as a day of rest in the tiny town that was hit hard by an EF-2 tornado last week.

Wabaunsee County officials are asking general volunteers to take some time off and give residents a couple of days to rest and evaluate their needs.

People who live in the town of just over 200 people say it is of great comfort to have out-of-town volunteers come in and help out.

One person was killed in the tornado and more than a dozen others were hurt.

Meanwhile, city leaders say progress is being made in the cleanup.

Nearly 600 loads of tornado debris have been moved to the landfill since Wednesday.

More than 400 people volunteered on Friday, and 140 private contractors have also volunteered their services.

But they are making progress.

Natural gas and electricity have been restored to all buildings.

Heading east across the state line, most of the power has been restored in Branson, MO, following Tuesday night’s tornado.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon briefed Homeland Security officials this weekend on the recovery operations throughout the state.

The Missouri National Guard has been called in to help with the recovery.

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