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Douglas County ready to help Harveyville following tornado

February 29, 2012, 9:52 a.m. Updated February 29, 2012, 4:50 p.m.

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Douglas County emergency management officials were helping coordinate assistance for Harveyville after a tornado damaged the Wabaunsee County town Tuesday night, said Teri Smith, emergency management director.

The Douglas County office serves as a coordinator for a northeast Kansas incident management team, and Smith said Wednesday morning she had deployed 12 people from area counties to help in Harveyville.

The Douglas County office serves as a coordinator for a northeast Kansas incident management team, and Smith said Wednesday morning she had deployed 12 people from area counties to help in Harveyville. As part of that group no one from Douglas County had been sent there, but Sgt. Steve Lewis, a Douglas County Sheriff’s spokesman, said the department would send two officers to Harveyville Wednesday night. The sheriff’s office will send additional officers over the weekend, Lewis said.

The small eastern Kansas town of Harveyville took a direct hit from an apparent tornado late Tuesday, injuring 11 people.

Kansas Highway Patrol trooper Mark Engholm said there were no reports of fatalities, and all of the town's residents were believed to be accounted for.

Three of the victims suffered critical injuries, said Sharon Watson a spokeswoman for the Kansas Adjutant General's office. Another eight had minor injuries, and many of the victims were taken to a Topeka hospital, Watson said.

Much of the town appeared to be heavily damaged. Numerous homes were in rubble, trees and power lines were down and gas service was out across the city.

Gov. Sam Brownback has declared a state of emergency for the town.

Smith said her office received no significant damage reports as a storm moved through part of Douglas County Tuesday night.

— The Associated Press contributed.

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KEITHMILES05 2 years, 5 months ago

What is the status of the 3 critically wounded and where were they taken?

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