10 Years on...Fighting Irish spirit and the 2008 Tornado

On June 11th, 2008, time appeared to stop. The clocks stopped ticking, the electricity stopped flickering. A community huddled together for safety. The wind bellowed and the sounds of distant thunder could be heard from even the deepest of basements. Crops and debris floated around as an EF-3 tornado passed through the small town of Chapman, Kansas.

On June 12, 2008, time started back up again. The clocks began to tick again, although the electricity didn’t come back on. The community exited their shelters as they walked the streets, looking at what was left of their small town. Churches had fallen, homes were destroyed, and there was hardly anything left of the school buildings. Corn cobs, branches, and debris were all found in the streets. Soon after, homes were marked with red spray paint and even the oldest of trees had to fall.

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