Baxter Springs Residents Undertake Cleanup Efforts

Published 04/28 2014 06:55PM

Updated 04/28 2014 07:34PM

BAXTER SPRINGS, KS.--- Business owners and people living in Baxter Springs begin the cleanup process today. 

"Horrified and devestated. I have lived here all my life," said Kathy Kapler Schriner, Baxter Springs Resident. 

Kathy Kapler Schreiner grew up in a home off of Park Avenue in Baxter Springs, it's where her parents still live.

"This house meant something to him because he built it," said Schreiner. 

The storm blew all the windows out of their home. She says her mom and dad were hiding in the hall when the storm hit. Her family was sorting through debris Monday, like many throughout Baxter, including 66 Skate Owner John Mayes. Mayes says it was one of the oldest skating rinks along Route 66 that was still in existence.

"We talked Saturday and we were getting ready to reopen it, and this happened Sunday night," said John Mayes, 66 Skate Owner. 

The tornado completely destroyed 66 Skate, but it did leave one thing intact, the shelf of roller skates.

"The path of the tornado had to come right over the rink, because it leveled it," said Mayes. 

Mayes says he's taking the recovery process one step at a time.

"After you look at this and see the other houses around. Everybody's around here, but where do we go, where's our next step," asked Mayes. 

Other businesses like the bowling alley and BNA Performance Cycles were closed Sunday. People we spoke with said they are relieved that was the case.

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