Tornado cleanup continues in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. - The neighborhoods near 47th Street and Clifton Avenue were full of volunteers and relief groups Monday afternoon.

Emergency managers estimate about fifty homes were destroyed and dozens others damaged. Many of the worst-hit homes were in a mobile home park. Dan Hale returned to his home with a dozen church members.

"Everything is gone, but we are just trying to salvage what we can," said Hale.

Hale is retired law enforcement officer. He thought he was done worrying about the future.

"I retired last year and I thought retirement was going to be great," he said. "Well, it had been up until now, and now I have to start all over again."

Hale has insurance, but some people don't.

Victims of the storm have to wait in line to talk to insurance adjusters. They're also waiting to see if state and federal funds will be available.

Emergency managers estimate about $280-million worth of damage to the Wichita area. Six thousand residents are still without power.

The Salvation army is in town trying to provide assistance to the hundreds who are impacted.

"Some of our social workers just went out and they are going door to door to talk to people about direct assistance that we can provide for them," said Capt. Dean Towne. "We have vouchers for them so they can get food assistance and utility assistance."

Towne said the organization will stay in town until the need is over.

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