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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Summer storm delivers damage

  • While there were no signs of a tornado, a strong thunderstorm produced near hurricane strength winds Monday night in Leavenworth County, an Emergency Management official said.
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    • City offering free Brush Site services:

      City of Leavenworth residents will be able to drop off tree debris from Monday night's storm for free at the city's Brush Site, 1803 S. Second St.


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      City offering free Brush Site services:

      City of Leavenworth residents will be able to drop off tree debris from Monday night's storm for free at the city's Brush Site, 1803 S. Second St.



      The Brush Site will be open for free to Leavenworth residents through July 18.



      The site will observe its regular hours of 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with the last load being accepted at 3:50 p.m. each day.



      City spokeswoman Melissa Bower said people dropping off loads will be asked for identification to provide residency. Fees will not be waived for commercial loads.



      For more information about the Brush Site, contact the Leavenworth Municipal Service Center at (913) 682-0650.



      Next week, city crews also will provide free curbside pickup of branches. Branches left for pickup can be no larger than 12 inches in diameter.



      The pickup of branches will be separate from the city's garbage collection.



      Crews will begin picking up branches along Metropolitan Avenue on Monday and continue south through the city throughout the week.

  • While there were no signs of a tornado, a strong thunderstorm produced near hurricane strength winds Monday night in Leavenworth County, an Emergency Management official said.
    Chuck Magaha, Leavenworth County Emergency Management director, said the storm also produced heavy rain which led to flooding in some areas.
    "It was a significant storm," he said.
    Magaha said he had not heard of any injuries associated with the storm in Leavenworth County.
    Using a handheld monitor, Magaha said he measured 67 miles per hour wind around 11 p.m. Monday west of Leavenworth.
    He said this is close to wind levels for a category 1 hurricane.
    "We have countywide tree damage," Magaha said.
    He said there also were reports of broken utility poles and damage to shingle roofs.
    The White Stone Fellowship of Grace church, 21104 Edwards Dr., in rural Easton, lost its steeple in the storm.
    "The steeple blew completely off ," church elder Bruce Lanter said.
    The steeple landed near the church building. Lanter said it landed like an ice cream cone, with the top tip of the steeple crashing into the ground.
    The church was built in 1894, and Lanter believes the steeple was original to the building.
    "It's a great old building and a great old church," he said.
    Lanter said he's thankful no one was around when the steeple came crashing to the ground. He's also thankful the steeple did not fall back onto the church building.
    "If it had fallen backwards, we wouldn't have a church," he said.
    Lanter said the church was insured and the steeple will be rebuilt.
    For now, the plan is to move Sunday's church service to an annex building behind the church.
    "It'll be a little tight," he said.
    Magaha said there was a report of a barn being destroyed in the storm in southern Leavenworth County, but he was unable to locate the damage.
    He said it "rained hard" for almost 90 minutes during the storm. He said rain totals ranging from 2-4.5 inches were common throughout the county.
    Rick Huhn, Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 chief, said flooding caused a vehicle to float into a ditch off Kansas 5 Highway in the area of Seven Mile Creek in Lansing. Firefighters rescued a couple and their baby from the vehicle.
    Huhn said the call came in around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday
    Stranger Creek rose to its flood stage of 17 feet in Easton on Tuesday afternoon following the previous night's rain, Magaha said.
    The Missouri River rose to 16.24 feet in Leavenworth before dropping. The flood stage for the river is 20 feet.
    Page 2 of 2 - Magaha said the river appears to be in good shape for the time being.
    Huhn said Fire District No. 1 also had about 15 calls for downed trees and power lines Monday night.
    The Leavenworth Fire Department had 22 calls from 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Most of the calls were for arcing and downed power lines, spokesman Mark DeMaranville said.
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