Kansas Begins Recovery From Massive Storm System

By: News Release
By: News Release

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

The massive storm system that swept through Kansas beginning the afternoon of Saturday, April 14, generated 97 tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service. Despite this, officials in the Kansas Division of Emergency Management have received no reports of deaths resulting from the storms.

According to the Sedgwick County Emergency Operations Center, 17 injuries were reported in Sedgwick County. Thirteen people were taken to Via Christi Hospital in Wichita. Three were admitted and are still in the hospital. Four persons were taken to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. One was admitted and is still there.

The State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka was activated at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. It remained activated until 5 p.m. Sunday, when it was deactivated. Early Sunday morning, Governor Sam Brownback issued a declaration of a State of Disaster Emergency for 39 counties; four counties, Edwards, Kiowa, Rice and Sedgwick, also made local declarations.

Rice and Sedgwick Counties were the hardest hit among the many counties that reported damage. Rice County officials reported sseveral buildings were damaged and debris blocked some minor roads. Four separate tank batteries near 2nd Ave. and Ave. H were damaged, releasing 50 to 100 gallons of oil into a containment area. The sheriff's office was damaged and the jail roof was blown off; prisoners were transferred to off-site facilities. County 911 dispatch center has been transferred to the regional 911 Back-up center.

In Sedgwick County, Pinaire Mobile Home Park in the Oaklawn area of Wichita received significant damages. Fifty-seven mobile homes were damaged to greater than 75 percent, 35 mobile homes damaged more than 50 percent and 61 mobile homes were damaged less than 50 percent.

Six other homes were reported destroyed, three were damaged and a condominium was damaged. All buildings at the Spirit Aerosystems facility received some damage; six sustained significant damage. Other damage in the county included a gas line rupture, debris and power poles down. Approximately 100 area residents were sheltered overnight by the American Red Cross in Derby; 25 are still being sheltered.

Other damage reports from across the state include:

  • Barton County - Power lines down
  • Butler County - Large trees uprooted in El Dorado, causing damage to homes and vehicles.
  • Chase County - Utility poles broken
  • Cherokee County - Minor wind damage
  • Dickinson County - Power lines were downed and a home was damaged.
  • Edwards County - Signs down and debris blown around. Minor flooding and some irrigation equipment was flipped over.
  • Ellsworth County - One home was destroyed near Langley. One trailer destroyed and power lines down
  • Ford County - Hail knocked out windows in Kingsdown.
  • Harper County - Power lines down. Some outbuildings destroyed
  • Harvey County - Several outbuildings were damaged and power lines knocked down.
  • Hodgeman County - Three homes with minor damage. Outbuildings destroyed and damage to an irrigation system. Power lines down.
  • Kiowa County - Two homes destroyed, five homes damaged. Power poles down
  • Marion County - One home destroyed, two damaged. Outbuildings destroyed and power poles down
  • Marshall County - Power loss to approximately 200 residences in Bremen and Herkimer
  • McPherson County - A home on Avenue W near Marquette was destroyed; damages reported to outbuildings
  • Mitchell County - Some power lines down and outbuildings damaged
  • Ottawa County - Damage to tanks at a gas transfer station and some outbuildings; power lines down
  • Rush County - Three farmsteads had damaged or destroyed outbuildings. One home was damaged in Loretta and one farmstead was damaged in the Bison-Timken area.
  • Russell County - Trees and power poles down resulting in power outages primarily in the Lucas and Luray communities plus isolated rural customers. K-18 was temporarily closed due to power lines on the road.
  • Saline County - Ten homes and one business damaged.
  • Sumner County - One unconfirmed report of a house damaged
  • Stafford County - Minor damage to some homes. Power poles down, outbuildings destroyed and farm equipment damaged
  • Power outages were reported in a number of counties. As of 10 a.m. Sunday, more than 8,000 Westar customers were still without power.

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