Pottawatomie County emergency personnel lend hand in Harveyville

Times news service

By The Mercury

Emergency personnel from Pottawatomie County assisted in the aftermath of the tornado which destroyed much of Harveyville in Wabaunsee County last Tuesday night.

Chris Trudo, Emergency Management director, and Bruce Brazzle, fire supervisor, were summoned to assist immediately after the twister hit Tuesday night. They remained at the scene the following day, and left the emergency management command trailer for use several days afterward.

Pott County was prepared to send more equipment to help with rescue and cleanup, but there were adequate assets available, Trudo said Monday.

Eight volunteer firefighters from Wamego and five from St. Marys also responded to the scene Tuesday night, and five St. George firefighters went to assist later, according to Brazzle.

Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputies assisted at checkpoints around the Harveyville community last week. Teams of two deputies were sent to the scene Thursday, Friday and Saturday, according to Greg Riat, Pott County sheriff.

A reserve officer and part-time officer with the Wamego Police Department assisted with traffic control over the weekend.

A number of private businesses in the area also sent manpower and equipment to assist with the cleanup. According to Brazzle, more than 400 volunteers were processed Thursday at Mission Valley High School at Eskridge and then bussed to Harveyville.

Authorities said the category EF-2 tornado damaged about 40 percent of the town, injuring 13 and killing one.









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