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Lone Grove residents seek out survivors

BY JOHNNY JOHNSON AND MICHAEL KIMBALL Modified: February 13, 2009 at 9:27 am •  Published: February 13, 2009
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LONE GROVE — Emergency crews in the Lone Grove area have completed initial rescue and recovery efforts from the EF-4 tornado that ripped through this town of about 4,600 people Tuesday.

City Manager Marianne Elfert said the storm claimed eight lives and injured 46, 10 of whom were taken to hospitals.

“We’re pretty confident that number won’t change,” Elfert said, “because we had grid searches with 10-man teams walking the entire path of the tornado.” Out of the 40 or so people initially listed as missing, emergency officials have been able to contact all but about four or five, and those people are believed to have left the area.

She said 114 homes were destroyed in the storm.

Elfert said Thursday evening that power had been restored to all properties ready to receive it.

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials spent Thursday assessing damage. Elfert said the city and state are working with those agencies to seek federal assistance for uninsured losses.

Residents returned Thursday to their homes, sorting through damaged belongings and salvaging what they could find.

As the debris began piling up and people began to wonder what to do with it, the city initiated a burn ban until a cleanup plan could be settled.

“We don’t have a landfill, so I don’t know what we’re going to do yet,” Elfert said. “We’ve got people working on it, but we’ve already had some brush fires, and the last thing our emergency responders need right now is to have to respond to other emergencies.

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