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Archive for Monday, June 13, 2011

Reading shifts from relief stage to tornado recovery

June 13, 2011

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— Officials in the small Kansas town of 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.

Dozens of homes and businesses were destroyed by the tornado, estimated to have been an EF-3 when it hit the town of about 240.

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