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Iowa, Kansas tornadoes flatten houses, kill girl, 4

 
Published May 13, 2000|Updated Sept. 27, 2005

Residents of Iowa and Kansas surveyed damage Friday from tornadoes that damaged scores of homes and businesses. A 4-year-old girl died in the aftermath of the storms, which also injured three people.

The girl was killed Friday when a porch roof damaged by a tornado at her Tonganoxie, Kan., home collapsed onto her, officials said. In Iowa, a 72-year-old woman remained hospitalized after losing an arm when a tornado struck her house, said Dave Miller of the state Emergency Management Agency. Two other injuries were reported.

Gov. Tom Vilsack toured the area of northeastern Iowa hit by a dozen tornadoes Thursday night and declared disaster areas in Black Hawk and Buchanan counties.

"It's devastation," he said. "I've never seen homes, farmsteads, farm buildings quite as pulverized as those which we've seen today."

In Tonganoxie, officials estimated up to 200 homes and a dozen businesses were damaged.

Roof damage allowed water to seep into eight of 32 classrooms in Tonganoxie Elementary School, canceling classes Friday for the 700 students.