Town Strains to House Tornado Victims
WRIGHT, Wyo. – Aid workers and volunteers descended on this small coal-mining town Sunday to offer help in the wake of a tornado (search) that killed two people and left about 85 families homeless.
Most were staying with friends or relatives. Officials said the town of 1,500 people did not have the apartment or motel capacity to house them.
"There's some real issues about what we're going to do with temporary housing or long-term housing," said David King, Campbell County emergency management coordinator.
The tornado struck with just five minutes warning late Friday afternoon, cutting a quarter-mile wide path through a mobile home park on the northwest side of town.
Etienne Iriberry Sr., 53, was killed after his home was hit, and Connie L. Allen, 97, died later at a hospital. About a dozen people were injured.
Authorities said more than 80 homes at a mobile home park were destroyed or damaged to the point they are uninhabitable. Dozens of other homes sustained less severe damage.
A team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (search) arrived Sunday to assess damage and discuss federal aid with city leaders.
Red Cross (search) workers from around the region were helping people find clothing, food and other necessities.
"We're being flooded with assistance offers from everybody and anybody," King said.