People assessing damage feel like something worse than thunderstorm rolled through

LINWOOD, Kan. — There’s a lot of cleanup underway in Leavenworth County Tuesday after strong winds in Monday night’s storms caused a lot of damage. Many people who’ve been cleaning up following the storm swear the damage must have come from something more powerful than a thunderstorm.

In Linwood, homeowners like Gloria and Rick White spent the morning cutting up and cleaning up large tree limbs that fell on the roof of their home and blocked streets. This is the second time in the last month or so, that the Whites have had to clean up tree limbs that caused damage to their property.

“There were two or three streets blocked, you couldn’t get through because half a tree blew down limbs blew down. We have good city worker ted, he is going around and helping people,” Gloria said.

Westar Energy began the morning working to restore power to nearly 1,100 customers in Leavenworth County. Some homeowners are using portable generators and others say when you see a utility pole ripped out of the ground, it makes you feel like you’ve been through a tornado.

“Just because of the devastation. It’s not something that you would ever anticipate ever happening to you. Having to wake up in the morning and having to see the mess,” Kathleen Meyn said.

Near Linwood it’s not uncommon right now to see trees toppled with trunks more than a foot in diameter.

Luckily, there’s not much serious damage to the structure of homes here, and we have received no reports of serious injuries in this part of Leavenworth County. City workers are helping homeowners remove debris from the curb. A Leavenworth sheriff’s deputy said most of the damage caused by trees is spread throughout the county.

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