Eureka cleanup continues, City Manager requesting a street sweeper Featured

Eureka tornado damage as seen June 30. Eureka tornado damage as seen June 30. Photo by Chuck Samples/KVOE News

Progress continues now more than two weeks after an EF-3 tornado ripped through Eureka. 

It has been an uphill battle for residents who've also battled extreme heat, and emotions have run high. City Manager Ian Martell says despite the amount of progress made so far, the city could use some heavy equipment.

There are still close to 10 houses needing to be demolished and volunteers continue to clean up debris. Martell credits all the counties and organizations that helped donate both financially and with their time. He says Westar has also been a big help.

Martell says the heat has also been a factor.

The city has plenty of water on hand thanks to generous donations and it's been distributed out as the heat continues. Residents continue to show their resiliency and Martell says he's confident they will get through this just the same as they did two years ago.

Donations are still being accepted through the Emporia Community Foundation's Growing Greenwood Relief Fund, Eureka Foundation and Eureka Ministerial Alliance. More information is available at

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