Butler County Times Gazette
  • Storm strikes Galva

  • High winds Wednesday night caused significant damage in Galva and Moundridge, including the toppling of 33 train cars carrying household goods.
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  • High winds Wednesday night caused significant damage in Galva and Moundridge, including the toppling of 33 train cars carrying household goods.
    The cars were located between 20th and 21st avenues in Galva. An official on scene said there was no immediate danger, but was encouraging residents to stay back nonetheless.
    Officials closed off roads around the tracks, including the crossing at Main Street.
    Darren Frazier, director of emergency management, said it will take the railroad a few days to move the cars and clean up. He said there is no danger to residents at this time.
    The first damage was reported in Moundridge at 6 p.m. Wednesday, where the roof was lifted off a barn. The storm reached Galva at 6:13 p.m. Wednesday, where a roof covering several motor homes near Galva Storage & Rental collapsed because of the wind.
    Wind speeds reached 65 to 80 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.
    Frazier said 34 county structures in a 12-by-16-mile area had been reported damaged as of this morning, mostly to roofs and siding. Some outbuildings were reported destroyed.
    Winds also knocked down several power poles, cutting power to Galva and Canton.
    Various limbs were torn from trees, and some vehicles suffered minor damage. No injuries were reported.
    Frazier said officials will continue to look for damage caused by the storm. Residents who have not reported damage can do so by calling 245-1266 or visitng McPherson County 911 Dispatch’s Facebook page.
    Wednesday's May Fete in McPherson also was  cancelled because of the storm. Today's May Fete is scheduled to run as planned at McPherson High School.

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