Archive for Saturday, November 12, 2011

Reading gets tornado cleanup help

November 12, 2011


— Dozens of people gathered in the town of Reading this weekend to help clean up debris left over from a May tornado.

About 70 members of Rotary District 5710 in northeast Kansas descended on the Lyon County town to help clear trees uprooted by an EF-3 tornado that hit May 21. The tornado killed one person and demolished 54 of the town’s 101 homes, nearly all of its businesses and its post office.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Kelly Wolfert, a member of Overland Park South Rotary Club and co-coordinator for the Reading project, said Rotary members also traveled to Joplin, Mo., to help with the tornado cleanup there.

Wolfert said among the workers Saturday in Reading were Rotary Youth Exchange students from Switzerland, Belgium, Chile and Taiwan.


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