Baxter Springs Volunteers Start Recovery Process

By Bryan McLoone |

Published 04/28 2014 08:52PM

Updated 04/28 2014 08:55PM

BAXTER SPRINGS, KS.--- Volunteers and first responders are working hard to help clean up the damage in Baxter Springs from the tornado Sunday night. Volunteers are doing whatever they can right now just to help a little bit. They're cleaning up debris off the roads, some are pilling up parts of broken homes, but most importantly, they are just there to help those emotionally who lost their belongings. After the tornado Sunday night that damaged over 100 homes in Baxter Springs, more than 700 people have signed up to volunteer their time to do whatever is needed.

"It's just a devasting time and we just want to share Christ's love with others and give back what we can," said Michelle Kuehn, Baxter Springs Resident. 

Baxter Springs Resident Michelle Kuehn works at Coleman Visions and wants to help affected people replace even the smallest of items.

"We are just here to see if we can help get some eye care need out to the families that have lost their glasses, contacts, anyway we can help," said Kuehn.

"You know it's tough, but we all have to work together and get through," said Shawn Albertson, Webb City Resident. 

Shawn Albertson and other employees from KMT Water Jet are working to fix homes for three co-workers.  

"This is our last employee that needs help, then we will start doing the community. So it's just a big thing that we need to do," said Albertson. 

"The thing that always stands out in these circumstances are the number of people that come here to help," said Senator Jerry Moran, Kansas. 

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran was in Baxter Springs today and wanted to thank the people who are helping others recover.

"What we've seen here in Baxter Springs is volunteers, neighbors, friends and family, all coming to help in the recovery. And that's that's a great thing about how we live our lives here in the Midwest," said Senator Moran. 

Albertson says this area needs to stick together in the toughest of times.

"These areas are close together, it's a very tight knit community. And I think no matter where the issues are, people will come and assist and that's what we are here for," said Albertson. 

Senator Moran had a chance to talk with volunteers, responders, and residents to get an idea of what happened and try to get federal funding for the Baxter Springs area. Responders want people to know that if they don't live in the area that was hit by the tornado, don't drive through. A lot of work is being done and everyone is just trying to be as safe as they can. 

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