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Tornado damage - March 12, 2006

On Sunday, March 12, 2006, what officials believe were three separate tornadoes ripped through Saline County causing an estimated $12 million in damage and leaving 12 families homeless.

Damage reports were expected to continue coming in through the week of March 13.

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A pair of women sort through debris Monday afternoon at what was left of Salem United Church of Christ in eastern Saline County as the pages of a Bible recovered flutter in the foreground. The church building was among those leveled by what officials believe were at least three tornadoes to hit the county Sunday. The church congregation is coming up on its 125th anniversary in 2008. (Mark Lile)

The door is ajar. The wall is ajar. And there isn't much else left of a storage building on the Loyd French farm just north of Hardeman after a pummeling by storms Sunday night. French said he didn't see a tornado, but he reported hearing a loud, shrill sound about 9 p.m., and the damage to buildings on his property suggests a tornado may have been the cause. (Eric Crump)

The home of the Bobby Thomason family in eastern Saline County between Arrow Rock and Saline City was leveled by a tornado Sunday evening, one of three believed to have hit Saline County. Officials were estimating Tuesday that the storms left 12 families without a home and dozens more homes suffered damage. (Mark Lile)

The home of the Bobby Thomason family in eastern Saline County between Arrow Rock and Saline City was leveled by a tornado Sunday evening, one of three believed to have hit Saline County. Officials were estimating Tuesday that the storms left 12 families without a home and dozens more homes suffered damage. (Mark Lile)

Among the few things left intact at Salem United Church of Christ was the cornerstone of the building, erected in 1947. (Mark Lile)

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