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SJ News Online - St. John, KS
  • Storms leave scattered trail of damage across Stafford County

  • Over 90 tornadoes danced their way across Kansas, Saturday, leaving miles of widespread, but sporadic damage and no loss of life reported in Kansas as of Sunday afternoon.


    Stafford County saw minor damage from strong winds in parts of Macksville and St. John, several rural residences received some damage some were completely destroyed.


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  • Over 90 tornadoes danced their way across Kansas, Saturday, leaving miles of widespread, but sporadic damage and no loss of life reported in Kansas as of Sunday afternoon.
    Stafford County saw minor damage from strong winds in parts of Macksville and St. John, several rural residences received some damage some were completely destroyed.
    The storms, which had been getting a lot of airplay for almost a week prior started in the southwestern part of the state and traveled a northeasterly path to the north central part of the state. Parts of south Wichita, communities around Salina and many farmsteads across the area suffered from minor to extreme damage.
    “We rode the storm out in Kayla’s bedroom in the lower level of the house with our two grandkids,” said Roger Dick, whose rural farmstead was completely demolished by the storm.
    “We covered the kids up with some blankets and then got down on top of them,” he said.
    The couple’s split-level brick home crumbled under the twister’s winds. A large cottonwood tree on the south corner of the house toppled into a lower-level driveway and patio area blocking the exit from the basement.
    One of the cars was untouched inside the garage, but it will be a while before they can get it out.
    The farm, one of the more picturesque farmsteads in the county with a menagerie of animals ranging from donkeys to peacocks looked like refuse lot with broken trees, clanging metal and crushed building scattered about. A horse trailer hung on its side wrapped around one of the trees bordered the north edge of the farm.
    Dick stated nobody was injured and as of Sunday afternoon he only knew of a few injured cattle. One had two broken legs.
    ”When I finally got the door cleared so we could get out our black lab was already at the door wanting in,” Dick said. “He and another dog rode it out in their pen. It kind of collapsed over them like a cocoon. I don’t know how the other two dogs in the barn survived. There’s nothing left where they were.”
    Carol Ward’s farmstead southwest of Dick’s was also destroyed by the twister according to Tammy Ramsey of Stafford County Farm Bureau Insurance. Her and her husband Mike, were out surveying damage at some of their customers locations.
    Nick Lauffer, Stafford County EMS, was out rechecking the damage for their department.
    “This is probably the worst we’ve seen,” he said as he surveyed the tattered landscape around Dick’s farm.
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