Posted: May 26, 2014 6:00 PM by Pat Shingleton
On May 25, 1955 an intense tornado struck Udall, Kansas. The twister killed 77, leveled the city and was designated as the deadliest tornado in the state's history. The nation's single deadliest tornado occurred in Joplin, Missouri in 2011. Jerrold Hoffman was a survivor of the Udall storm and three years ago he championed an effort to aid another Kansas town that was also ravaged. In May, 2008, a tornado killed 10 and destroyed Greensburg, Kansas, leveling the town's buildings. It also uprooted and destroyed 2,000 trees. A one-day project by the 72-year-old Hoffman, turned into a tree project. By soliciting residents and retirees, planted trees now encircle the entire city in memory of the storm. Udall now has healthy trees.