Mother, daughter recall ‘panic’ after Eureka tornado

Kansas

The Countryman family home is in ruins. You can see parts of it are torn down with tree branches, wood and glass scattered on the ground. 

Thursday, 11-year-old Megan and her mother Kacey continued to pick up many of their belongings, but it’s just the start of their cleanup.

Megan Countryman and her mother spent hours Thursday sorting through clothes, toys, and shoes.

“Want to look through some more of that, see what you can find,” said Kacey to Megan. 

Kacey said they’re trying to save what’s left while being cautious walking in and around their house. 

They’re also trying to protect Megan from painful reminders of that night, and allow her to have time away from home. 

“We didn’t even have time to shut the door and you could hear stuff breaking upstairs and falling apart,” said Megan.

“Our daughter comes running out in a panic and hysterical,” added Kacey.

Kacey said they worked on the house for more than 10 years, and now they have a lot more to do. 

“Half of it has fallen apart and now the rest of it is getting ready to cave at any time,” said Kacey. 

But at the end of the day, she, her husband and their two children survived the tornado and are OK, and Kacey said that’s a blessing. 

“The things that we go through, God is there and he is going to bring us through it,” said Kacey.

“I was really happy that I knew that they were alive and to go hug them we were very very happy,” added Megan. 
 

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