Sunday, April 15, 2012
Hours after a severe storm system rolled through Sedgwick County, officials are getting a better idea on which areas sustained the most damage.
In a press release, county leaders said Oliver St. from 31st to 47th Streets and MacArthur St. between K-15 and Oliver St. are closed indefinitely as clean up efforts continue. Citizens are reminded to continue to avoid the areas of 39th St. South to 63rd St. South and Hydraulic to K-15. Residents of Oaklawn need to show I.D. to return to their homes.
Pinaire Mobile Home Park residents are not being allowed to return to their residence as emergency crews are still assessing damage to the area. This area has sustained significant damage. Salvation Army canteens are located in the 47th St. & Clifton area to assist residents with food and water.
The Derby Recreation Center sheltered 29 individuals overnight with the majority being bused back to their residence in Oaklawn this morning.
The county said the Cherry Creek area, near Pawnee and Rock Rd. also received storm damage. The Long Term Acute Care Center sustained damage and has no power. Approximately 18 patients are being transported as cautionary measure to area hospitals.
In Southeast Wichita, drivers are asked to avoid Rock Road to Webb Rd. and Pawnee to Harry St. to avoid due to significant tree and power line damages.
The City's primary treatment plant, 3100 S. Grove, was without power for more than an hour last night. City of Wichita personnel are working to determine any amount of overflow and will be making the necessary report to KDHE. In addition to the power outage, the facility suffered damages to some of the facilities. The most significant damage was to roofing to the solids handling facility. This damage will not prevent meeting treatment requirements.
Anyone wishing to assist residents and communities affected by last evening’s tornados should contact United Way’s 211 call center.