A month after a tornado ripped through southern Leavenworth County, some residents already are rebuilding.

A month after a tornado ripped through southern Leavenworth County, some residents already are rebuilding.

“Repairs are being made pretty rapidly,” said Chuck Magaha, director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management.

But he acknowledged the recovery process will take a long time for people who have been affected by the tornado.

The EF-4 tornado passed through the Linwood area May 28. The tornado entered southern Leavenworth County after having touched down in neighboring Douglas County.

It is estimated the tornado reached peak winds of 170 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Only minor injuries were in Leavenworth County.

According to County Appraiser Bob Weber, it is estimated the tornado caused more than $26 million in damage in Leavenworth County.

Forty-six homes and one industrial property in Leavenworth County were destroyed by the tornado.

An additional 46 homes sustained major damage, and 38 homes had minor damage.

Thursday marked the last day for a U.S Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Center that had been set up in Linwood.

But people wanting information about SBA disaster loan assistance can visit the website disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

Leavenworth County officials will continue waiving fees at the county’s Transfer Station for residents who were impacted by the tornado through July 13, according to Public Works Director Mike Spickelmier.

Magaha said after-action meetings are taking place for various entities that have been involved in the tornado response and recovery.

“Emergency Management will be tasked to come up with an after-action report,” he said.

On June 20, President Donald Trump approved a disaster declaration for 53 counties in Kansas including Leavenworth County. The disaster declaration is for counties that have been affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, flooding, landslides and mudslides that have occurred since April 28.

The declaration will make federal funding available to eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of damaged facilities.

Magaha said the federal government will provide 75% reimbursement to local government entities for eligible expenses related to the tornado. He said the state government may provide reimbursement for an additional 10% of expenses. The remaining 15% of the expenses will remain the responsibility of local governments.

Magaha said local government entities also may be eligible for federal funding for expenses related to flooding under the federal disaster declaration.

Magaha said the process for receiving the federal funding will take time.

Twitter: @LVTNewsJohnR