The Kansas state government began responding minutes after the EF-3 tornado hit Eureka Tuesday night.
Although Eureka is more than 100 miles away from Topeka, crews inside Emergency Management are working around the clock monitoring cleanup efforts and looking at what types of state resources could be needed.
“We’re looking at the whole big picture. We’re looking at do we have situations with critical infrastructure, so what is the impact to the hospital? What is the impact to transportation, are roads closed? What are the utility impacts? Is there impact to the water system and including the overall impact to houses, how many displaced residents do you have” explained Devan Tucking the Emergency Operations Center Manager.
Emergency Management has crews on the ground helping Greenwood County with damage assessment and evaluating what kind of state or federal dollars could be requested.
“We’re looking for both damage categories for public assistance, which would help the local municipality, and individual assistance which will actually help those citizens and the households impacted,” Tucking explained.
Tucking added it could take a few days to fully evaluate the impact from the tornado.