CHICAGO – Responding to the devastation caused by last weekend’s tornadoes that ravaged through Kansas, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today sent a letter to Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, offering condolences for the loss of lives and the devastation suffered by the state, and by the town of Greensburg. The Governor also offered assistance to help the State of Kansas restore order to the community, keep thousands of residents safe from harm, and participate in the rescue and recovery efforts.
“On behalf of the people of Illinois, I express my sadness at the devastation caused by last weekend’s tornadoes. I offer my condolences on the loss of lives and the families broken apart by this disaster. The State of Illinois joins in mourning the victims and praying that their loved ones can someday find peace,” said Gov. Blagojevich. “I am proud to offer my support to the State of Kansas, and encourage you to reach out to my office and let us know in what way we can help Greensburg and its residents rebuild their lives and their community.”
Last weekend, a series of violent storms blew across the Plains, killing at least 12 people in the State of Kansas. A massive, F-5 tornado with wind speeds estimated at 205 mph devastated Greensburg, killing at least 10 people and leaving the small, Western Kansas town in ruins.
In the letter, Governor Blagojevich offered the assistance of the State of Illinois and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to the State of Kansas while they rebuild the communities damaged by the storms.