Kiowa County Crews Responding to Suspected Tornado
(EADS, COLORADO) Kiowa County crews are currently conducting searches and damage assessments in the east central portion of the county following a suspected tornado that came through the area.
Damage has been reported to a home near Chivington where a resident was briefly trapped. That person has been removed from the home and is receiving medical attention for minor injuries.
Another home north of Chivington was also damaged, and a semi on highway 96 near the Chivington area was blown over. No injuries were reported at either of those locations.
Power lines are down in many areas. Officials are warning that the lines may be live and are dangerous. Downed lines should be reported to authorities, but should not be moved.
Kiowa County Emergency Manager Jeffrey Wright states that law enforcement and county road works are currently check home throughout the area to ensure residents are safe.
“County crews are making an outstanding effort. We are also in contact with the state emergency operations center and coordinating our response,” said Wright.
Wright says that anyone who is not involved in emergency response and has not been asked to help stay away from the area to allow responders to do their jobs safely. At this time, donations are not needed.
Press Release posted by Kiowa County Sheriff's Office at 5:08 a.m. on their blog at http://www.kcdem.info/.