Damage assessment begins in Crawford County, officials assist residents with what steps to take next


First responders in Crawford County have begun assessing the damage left from what they believe was a tornado on the southern edge of Pittsburg Monday night.

Crawford County Emergency Management Director Jason VanBecelaere says it appears the possible tornado cut a path of destruction from near 510th Avenue and Langdon Lane on the southwest side of Pittsburg, northeast to near the intersection of 540th Avenue and 260th Street on the east side of town. 

On Langdon Lane, several homes were damaged, outbuildings were destroyed and trees uprooted. He says closer to 260th Street, a two mile section of electrical transmission lines were torn down. VanBecelaere says given the amount of damage, they’re thankful that now injuries were reported. He says the process of requesting a disaster declaration for Crawford County has already begun.

“I did that last night with the Kansas Department of Emergency Management. Over the next few days, we’ll be getting some paperwork signed by the commissioners and getting that sent up to them and after that, we do some assessments and go from there,” says VanBecelaere.

VanBecelaere says if approved, that would open the door for federal assistance with the cleanup. First responders have distributed flyers to people in the areas hit by the storm giving them an idea of what steps will be taken next.

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