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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Tornadoes leave many injured

  • After devastating tornadoes ravaged Shawnee Sunday evening, many were left injured.
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  • After devastating tornadoes ravaged Shawnee Sunday evening, many were left injured.
     
    Eleven people presented in the St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital emergency room with injuries, St. Anthony officials confirmed.
     
    Ten of the injured were treated and released, while one stayed at the hospital in critical condition.
     
    Shawnee City Manager Brian McDougal urged residents to not travel if possible, and if travel were required he urged people to watch for blocked roads due to trees and downed power lines.
     
    He said people should avoid State Highway 102 around Shawnee Twin Lakes area, as well as 45th and Belcher streets, and 45th and Pecan Grove, both of which were closed.
     
    Initial reports said that a maintenance building around Shawnee lakes had been destroyed, as well as part of a newly installed fishing dock.
     
    Anyone needing shelter was encouraged to go to Shawnee High School, where the gym had been set up to accommodate a temporary shelter.
     
    The Shawnee Police Department was out and about Sunday night to help prevent looting, McDougal added.
     
    City crews will be out at first light to begin cleaning up the downed power lines, McDougal said Sunday night, adding that it is too dangerous for them to be traveling through the dark to do any clean up.
     
    He reiterated that people need to stay away from any downed power lines.

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