Wichita residents begin week picking up pieces after storms

WICHITA, Kan. - About 8,500 Kansas homes were without power at 9 p.m. on Sunday night as local power crews worked around the clock to restore power. 

People who checked on their homes left for shelters once they saw the devastation. Ruth Mendez saw the damage, but she feels fortunate for what she does have.

"We have our dog and health and that's all that matters," said Mendez.

Sedgwick County Emergency Management officials said at least two dozen homes were destroyed, while nearly 150 others had minor damage. The damage was contained to about a 3 mile stretch in the south-east part of Wichita.

Some homeowners left their homes in tears, while their neighbors walked away in relief. Paula Mikimen-Cooley barley had any damage to her home, but homes were destroyed a block away from her house.

"It is a relief all I have to worry about is getting the air condition back up," said Mikimen-Cooley.

Emergency managers said seventeen people were sent to the hospital with minor injuries. There were no fatalities due to the storms.

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