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10 Year Mark of Carl Junction Tornado


When 4 staters think of a recent tornado, some think of the may 22nd one in Joplin.

However today marks the 10 year anniversary of the 2003 tornado that ripped through the Carl Junction area.

If you take a stroll down the streets of Carl Junction, it's hard to notice the tornado damage that was once all over.

Steve: "It was quite traumatic as was everyone else's. Trying to take care of a home that was damaged and still do work for the city also that was damaged" says Carl Junction City Administrator Steve Lawver.

Tracie: "It was a beautiful Sunday. The sun was out. It was bright. We all knew that there was warnings and that it was a high risk day. But it was just a beautiful day. We spent it outside for most of the day" says Tracie Skaggs.

Minutes later, a tornado touched down.

"It kind of seemed like chaos, but yet it wasn't. Everybody was very calm and we decided how we were going to get thru it" says Skaggs.

This weekend marks the 10 year anniversary of an f-3 tornado that destroyed much of Franklin Kansas, along with parts of Carl Junction.

"We could hear the commotion, we could hear what was going on in that part of town that was really hit hard" says Skaggs.

Dozens either lost or damaged homes. City offices were destroyed and schools nearly torn apart.

Looking though pictures Skaggs says the event brought everyone closer together.

"Once we were neighbors, but now we're family. That's kind of the sentiment" says Skaggs.

What once seemed like a disaster to a small town, brought a community closer together.

The majority of the damage done during the tornado was on the Carl Junction schools.

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