News Release from The Adjutant General’s Department Public Affairs Office:
A tornado struck the community of Eureka in Greenwood County at approximately Tuesday, June 26 at 7:31 p.m. Search and rescue efforts are underway and local officials are conducting damage assessments at this time.
Gov. Jeff Colyer declared a State of Disaster Emergency proclamation at 8:33 p.m. Greenwood County declared a state of local disaster. The State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka was activated to coordinate the response of state agencies. Personnel from the Kansas Division of Emergency Management are in contact with Greenwood County emergency management officials to respond to requests for assistance.
The American Red Cross has opened a shelter for displaced residents at the Methodist Church, 521 N. Main Street in Eureka.
The Kansas Department of Transportation has closed Highway 54 from mile marker 287 to mile marker 266 and will be manning the detour.
The Kansas Highway Patrol is on scene and providing security and manning roadblocks.
There are approximately 5,700 Westar Energy customers that are without power.
State agencies that are represented in the State Emergency Operations Center include the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, the Kansas National Guard, Kansas Department of Transportation, Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Fire Marshal and Department of Children and Family Services.