Damage surveys under way in northern Kansas

A slow-moving tornado in northern Kansas damaged several homes on Tuesday night, authorities said, but no fatalities or serious injuries were reported.

One house west of Bennington in rural Ottawa County was destroyed and four homes received minor to moderate damage from the tornado, according to the Kansas Division of Emergency Management.
Numerous outbuildings were also damaged or destroyed by the tornado, which was on the ground for about an hour.

About 1,000 people lost power in the storm, primarily in Tescott, Ada and Culver. An estimated 100 power poles are down and power will likely not be restored for approximately 24 hours, state officials said.

Tornado west of Bennington. Photo by Shalyn Phillips

In Nemaha County, one home was destroyed and a second sustained damages from a tornado that passed through rural areas near Corning and Goff. County emergency management officials advised that rural portions of the county are experiencing flash flooding from torrential rainfall from the storms last night, closing some rural roadways and damaging culverts.

The Seneca Fire Department and Sabetha Fire Department conducted two water rescues last night when motorists drove into flooded roadways. The Seneca Fire Department lost one of its pumpers in the floodwaters during the water rescue.

Mobile homes along the east side of Seneca were evacuated due to flooding. A shelter was established at the Pioneer Building in Seneca, but no residents stayed there overnight. Survey teams are assessing storm damage in the region.