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: