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American Red Cross in Lindsborg

KSAL StaffJuly 30, 2013

It’s cleanup time in northern McPherson County after yesterday’s deluge.

Lindsborg’s City Administrator, Greg DuMars tells KSAL News that waters have receded enough for teams to enter homes to assess damage from Monday’s flash flood.

“Right now we’re estimating between 125 to 140 homes impacted,” he said. “We have crews out, American Red Cross – paired with city staff going door to door to do damage assessment.”

DuMars tells KSAL News that heavy rain over the past week had saturated the area – leading to a breach in a channel wall west of town.

“We estimate that in just under a week, we have had 12-inches of rain,” he said. “When that event hit yesterday, it dropped 4.5 to 5-inches of rain in an hour and a half. The ground was already saturated, and I think we had a breach in one wall of the channel that caused it to flow into town.”

According to Karin Hecker, Director of Salina’s American Red Cross, a Service Center is now up and operational at the Smoky Valley High School in Lindsborg located at 1 Viking Blvd. Hecker says it’s the first place those affected by the storm can stop by for information and help.

The City Administrator adds that the downtown was not damaged by the heavy downpour, nor was he aware of any flooding at Bethany College.

DuMars says the city welcomes volunteer groups or individuals who want to lend a hand.

“If people want to help that’s fantastic. We would ask that they come to City Hall and register so we can direct them to an area where they would be the most help.”

The Lindsborg City Offices are located at 101 S. Main Street or can be reached by calling 785 227 3355.

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