Rebuilding after fire disaster a reality for one local family

Here Knodel Construction slowly and carefully dismantles the Lankhorst home that was destroyed in a fire.  Soon rebuilding will begin in the spring.

The Lankhorst family lost their home this winter, as a result of a fire, and have relocated to Parker.  Now it seems that rebuilding is finally a reality.

After months of waiting, the Lankhorst home, is being dismantled.  Much of the foundation is being salvaged, however, the top portion of he house was not able to be saved.

On Thursday, March 4, the Mennonite Disaster Service and Knodel Construction Company began the dismantling process.

The MDS is a part of NVOAD, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.  Members of the NVODA along with the MDS are also the Red Cross, The Salvation Army and various other organizations.

The NVOAD meets a few times a year and each organization present is assigned certain duties.

The local MDS has helped the Parker community before.

“Last summer we helped with the clean up of the tornadoes in June,” explained LeRoy Hofer.

The local MDS have their own equipment and are contacted and dispersed when ever a need is present.

Hofer, along with other members of the Mennonite Disaster Service from the Turner and Hutchinson counties assisted Knodel and his crew carefully dismantled the Lankhorst home.

“It is painstakingly slow process, but our goal is to keep the foundation intact for future building,” remarked Knodel on the project.

Knodel expected the project to take two days and then the rebuilding process could begin to take shape.