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‘Strong faith’ helps family hit by Natoma flooding, Selden tornado

Updated: May. 25, 2021 at 10:31 PM CDT
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SELDEN, Kan. (KWCH) - In the wake of every tornado, you will find the will to rebuild - no matter how many times it takes.

Joe and Cathy Broeckelman know the feeling. The Selden couple’s home was damaged in Monday night’s tornado. Their son, Chris, lives in Natoma, Kan., a city that experienced major flooding just last week.

“I was glad I had a sister able to come and see them last night,” said Chris Broeckelman, the couple’s son. “She was actually helping clean up in Natoma yesterday when she got the call that the tornado was here. And her youngest was staying here with my parents. So, that was kind of how we found out.”

The Broeckelman home is only three years old. The family said it could have been flattened by the EF-1 tornado on Monday, but it wasn’t. Chris said it’s his parent’s faith that is helping them get through this.

“They have a really strong faith in Jesus. He’s seeing us through it, for sure. They know that things happen, and he’s always in control. He’ll get them through it, just like he always has,” he said.

The severe weather season is not over yet, and after all of this, the Broeckleman family said they’re ready to pay it forward.

“You said this is twice in one week, and I saw the people in Natoma really come together. We’re still working on clean up, of course, just seeing everyone work here together in Selden it makes this, it just remind a person why we live here,” said Chris.

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