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Emergency Operations Center
Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2003, 8:15 p.m.
CONTACT: Tanya Allen, Acting Emergency Manager, (816) 889-1426

Local emergency declared

A local emergency has been declared in Kansas City, Mo. A news conference is scheduled for 9 p.m. at St. Andrew Church at 65th and North Antioch.

The Fire Department has finished its initial search for victims and also has completed a secondary search looking for residents trapped in basements under collapsed homes. No fatalities have been found or reported.

The Police incident commander has established a pass system to allow residents back in their homes. Other citizens can assist by staying out of the damaged areas to allow emergency workers to get through.

The Police Department estimates that 100 to 115 homes have been damaged and 10 to15 have been destroyed in Kansas City, Mo. Most of the damage is at 65th and North Brighton. Citizens who have experienced damage are encouraged to call their insurance agents.

Citizens are asked to beware of downed power lines and to beware of the potential of power lines entwined in downed tree limbs. If you smell gas, leave the area immediately and go to another location to report the leak.

Kansas City, Mo., residents in need of shelter should go to the American Red Cross shelters at New Covenant Baptist Church, 8501 Northwest 45 Highway in Parkville; and Riverside Community Center, 4499 N.W. High Drive.

To report damages to your property, call (816) 889-6128.

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