Kansas in state of disaster after tornado

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback declared a state of disaster emergency late Tuesday in the wake of an apparent tornado striking the town of Harveyville.

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Harveyvill, KN (CBS) - Kansas Governor Sam Brownback declared a state of disaster emergency late Tuesday in the wake of an apparent tornado striking the town of Harveyville.

The most serious injury discovered by midnight was a man who was trapped under his collapsed home. The witness says he was walking down the stairs of his home when the house collapsed on him. Emergency officials say his injuries were critical and he was flown from the scene by Lifestar helicopter. Stormont-Vail confirms it was receiving that patient and also had treated several less serious injuries.

That man was among ten people injured in the aftermath of Tuesday's storm. One of the other patients has serious injuries. The other injuries were considered minor.

Reports of the storm's hit started coming in just after 9 pm Tuesday. Late Tuesday, emergency crews were beginning a house to house search for any other possible victims.

Roughly four blocks of Harveyville suffered significant damage. An early concern about a mass casualty situation at an apartment building, turned out to be unfounded and everyone in the building is accounted for.

The Red Cross and Salvation Army were called to assist rescue crews. Crews from agencies in Shawnee, Wabaunsee, Osage and Pottawatomie were among those responding. Some agencies brought in light towers so crews can continue working through the night.

Harveyville is located in Wabaunsee County near the Osage County line, southwest of Auburn. The town's reported population is just over 230 people.


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