tonado blues

The tonado that leveled the town of Wellsville, KS this weekend took the home of Ken’s aunt and uncle, Max and Joleen.  It was an anxious weekend for everyone. On Friday night Ken’s brother and cousin (Max & Joleen’s son) drove the 30 miles to Greensburg after hearing of the tornado and not being able to reach them by phone.  They walked in the last two blocks, through the utter devastation, and got drove them back to Buckin where they are staying with their son and daughter-in-law.  As everyone knows now, there is virtually nothing left of the town.  Ken & I had been there last Thanksgiving and  it’s surreal to see the places one has visited reduced to unrecognizable rubble on the TV news.  As to how you rebuild a town that has no infrastructure to speak of, I do not know.  Fortunately Max and Joleen are OK.  Their roof collapsed, but they were able to briefly get back in on Saturday before the rains started to grab some clothing from a closet that they were able to access.  I believe they are letting people back into town today to salvage what they can.   

And here in Kansas City, the rains came on Saturday and haven’t stopped.  The lightning has been unbelievable and we’ve been without our trusty DSL since yesterday.  Fortunately we still have intenet here at work.  Rain is forecasted through today and tomorrow and my 100 year old stone basement is will leak like the seive that it is. 

Ah, the joys of living in the Midwest. 

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2 Responses to “tonado blues”


  1. 1 Blue Athena May 7, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    Wow…well that just sucks. I wonder too what they’ll do in the way of rebuilding. But it’s not hopeless like I think of New Orleans. At least that level of devastation is unlikely to hit there again fir quite a long time.

  2. 2 observantbystander May 7, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    So true. We’ll be going through there on Mem. Day eekend so I may have some pictures to post after that. It will be interesting to see how a town is rebuilt after something like that. the people seem really determined and I think their spirit will be the key.


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