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The Eudora Area Historical Society will have its July Program and meeting on Thursday, July 16th at 7:00pm at Eudora City Hall (4 East 7th Street).

The Program will be presented by Phil Dixon. The program is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council and coincides with the traveling Smithsonian exhibit “Hometown Teams” as it currently makes its way through Kansas communities. The EAHS is a partner site with “Hometown Teams” and will be unveiling a new sports-themed historical exhibit, “Eudora High School Football: Rising to New Heights” on July 23 during the CPA Picnic.

 

This program is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

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Blood Drive

 

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The Eudora Lions Club will be sponsoring a blood drive on Monday, July 13 from 2:30 p.m.until 6:00 PM.  The blood drive will be held at Eudora Baptist Church, 525 W. 20th Street.

Those who donate will receive one buy one get one free Schlitterbahn ticket valued at $43 while supplies last.

You can schedule an appointment by going to savealifenow.org. Walk-ins will also be welcomed that afternoon.

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2015_07_06_Storm_2A picture taken at 8th and Church Streets following the tornado that moved through Eudora Monday evening (photo by Eudorareporter.com Managing Editor John Schulz)

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The National Weather Service has classified the storm that came through Eudora Monday night  as an EF-1 tornado.  According to Douglas County Emergency Management Director Teri Smith, the Weather Service and DCEM conducted damage assessment midday on Tuesday and made the determination.   This marks the first time in Eudora’s history that a tornado has touched down inside the city limits.

An EF-1 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita scale means that winds speeds were estimated to be between 86 m.p.h and 110 m.p.h.  The damage from from EF-1 is described as moderate and can include roofs being stripped, mobile homes overturned or damaged and loss of exterior doors and windows or other glass being broken.

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A tree stands sheared of most of it’s branches at 8th and Church Streets in Eudora. Photo by Eudorareporter.com Managing Editor John Schulz

In the case of Eudora damage was done to a significant amount of trees in the area of downtown Eudora. Daniel Taylor, a resident at 8th and Church Streets said that he had at least one window blown out of his breeze way during the storm. Taylor also indicated a corner section of his roof had been peeled upwards along with various yard items being tossed around the area.

We also were told via Facebook by officials from Holy Family Catholic Church that the scaffolding in front of the church currently under construction was knocked down but no damage was done to the new building.

Numerous people have taken to social media to post pictures and videos.  You can find some of them through our Facebook Page.

The City has also announced that they will allow citizens to place tree branches in the gravel parking lot just to the north of the Eudora Public Safety Building on Main Street. This is the site where the CPA carnival rides normally sit. They are asking people who are bringing their debris to the site to pile it up from the East and work towards Main Street to allow adequate room for everyone’s debris. This is only limited to trees and leaves. This is not for any damaged items due to the storm.

City Hall officials stated via a Facebook pot by Eric Strimple, that the city will offer curbside pickup if folks are unable to take their tree limbs to 9th and Main Streets. They did caution it could be nearly a week before it would be picked up curbside.  You can call City Hall for more information at 785-542-2153.

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2015_07_06_Storm_1The Statue of Eudora and Pascal Fish in CPA Park are covered in tree limbs following the storm that rolled through Eudora Monday night. (Photo by Eudorareporter.com Managing Editor John Schulz)

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Around 5:15 PM Monday night heavy storms rolled through the Eudora area.  Tornado warnings had been issued by the National Weather Service prior to the storms coming through. As of post time, there has been no confirmation that a tornado touched down or was radar indicated. Wind speeds were extremely high through town during the height of the storm.

Much of the damage was in the area of Downtown Eudora. CPA park saw significant tree damage as did streets on both the east and west side of downtown. Many limbs were down along Church Street and Elm Street between 7th and 10th.  No buildings seemed to be damaged in downtown.

Daniel Taylor, a resident at 8th and Church Street told us that he was paying attention to his weather radio when the warnings came across.

“It was real quick after the warnings went off,” Taylor said. “I was in the breezeway and one of the windows blew out in there and just barely missed me.”

Taylor said he and his wife Courtney took shelter in the home very quickly following that.

2015_07_06_Storm_2Looking east on 8th Street at Church Street. (Photo by Eudorareporter.com Managing Editor John Schulz)

“What I heard was crazy, it was like a high pitched whistle,” Taylor said. “One of the rockers on the front porch was blown across the street towards St. Paul United Church of Christ and smashed to pieces.”

Taylor indicated that there appeared to be some minor house damage besides the window. His front yard was littered with tree limbs and several trees that had been sheared off several feet off the ground.

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A tree in Daniel Taylor’s front yard was sheared off and several limbs clipped by the storm (Photo by Eudorareporter.com Managing Editor John Schulz)

At this time, there are no reports of anyone being injured.  Power is out to a significant portion of the downtown area.  City crews are already in the area attempting to get power restored and debris off the roads.  City officials were unavailable to let us know how significant the power outage is or when power would be restored to those affected.

 

 

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A BBQ Contest hosted by the Midwest Cultural Foundation will be held in only a few short weeks. The BBQ Contest will be part of the festivities of the Ways of Yesteryear Event coming to downtown Eudora from August 1st-2nd. The Ways of Yesteryear event celebrates local culture and benefits local charities. If you are interested in the BBQ Contest, see the contact information below!

BBQ Contest

 

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