Leavenworth County residents are cleaning up following a series of strong thunderstorms.

Leavenworth County residents are cleaning up following a series of strong thunderstorms.

Storms passed through the county during evening and nighttime hours Thursday, Friday and Saturday. No injuries were reported. But there were widespread reports of damage to trees and utility poles. And some roofs were damaged, according to Chuck Magaha, director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management.

The most severe storm came Friday night.

Magaha said wind speeds of up to 75 mph were recorded during the storm. But he believes there probably were some wind speeds that exceeded 80 mph.

He said the wind caused trees up to 48 inches in diameter to break. Some trees that were more than 36 inches in diameter were uprooted during the storm.

Wind tore away much of the roof of a barn in the area of 187th Street and High Prairie Road. And a machine building lost its roof at Miles Excavating, 15063 State Ave., according to Magaha.

Magaha said the eastern half of Leavenworth County seemed to have more damage than the other half of the county. And the city of Basehor was “hit pretty good” by Friday night’s storm.

Gina Penzig, spokeswoman for Westar Energy, said about 8,000 Westar Energy customers lost power due to the storms.

Sarah Farlee, spokeswoman for FreeState Electric Cooperative, said 2,282 members of the cooperative lost power in Leavenworth County due to the storms.

Rain from the storms caused Stranger Creek to rise to near its flood stage over the weekend in Easton. The creek has since dropped to well below the flood stage.

During a meeting Monday, the Leavenworth County Commission approved a resolution for a county disaster declaration. The Leavenworth County Transfer Station, 24967 136th St. in Lansing, will be accepting storm debris free of charge to help county residents with cleanup efforts.

This free service will be offered to Leavenworth County residents for at least seven days.

Commission Chairman Doug Smith questioned whether seven days will be long enough. He said many residents have to work and may wait until the weekend to clean up debris.

Magaha said the free service can be extended.

In Leavenworth, the city’s Brush Site, 1803 S. Second St., will be accepting brush at no cost to city residents through June 24, according to Leavenworth Public Information Officer Melissa Bower.

In Lansing, residents who use Deffenbaugh/Waste Management services can leave storm debris in decomposable string-tied bundles for regular collection Thursday. The bundles can be no longer than four feet in length or more than 18 inches in diameter, according to Lansing Public Information Officer Ken Miller.

Magaha cautions people about working around downed power lines as they clean up from the storms. Even if power is out at a house, a nearby power line still may be energized.

“You can’t assume they’re going to be dead,” he said of power lines.

Magaha also cautions residents about representatives of tree trimming and roof repair companies who may come knocking on doors. He said residents should make sure the companies are legitimate.

“Just do a little research on folks before you commit,” he said.

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