Wichita Assessing Damage After Tornado Outbreak

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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UPDATE: Sunday, April 15, 2012

Below is the current status for the storm damaged areas in Sedgwick County:

Debris Removal -
Local government agencies can only pick up debris in the public right-of-way. Government agencies cannot go on private property to remove debris. Officials are working on a debris removal plan and more information regarding debris and household hazardous waste disposal will be forthcoming.

Problems areas concerning daily commutes:
Oaklawn -
Citizens are reminded to continue to avoid the areas of 39th St. South to 63rd St. South and Hydraulic to K-15. Oliver St. from 31st to 47th Streets south and MacArthur St. between K-15 and Oliver St. are closed indefinitely
Clifton St. from 47th to 63rd south is closed.
55th from K-15 to Clifton is closed.

Southeast Wichita -
Rock Rd. to Webb Rd. and Pawnee to Harry St. are areas that citizens are being asked to avoid due to significant tree and power line damages. The intersections of Webb and Harry and Rock and Pawnee may cause significant traffic concerns. Pawnee from Rock Rd. to Webb Rd. is closed.

For all of these areas commuters should plan alternate routes for their daily commute to reduce traffic congestion and delays. Street closings may change as power is restored and signals become operational. Commuters from Derby, Mulvane, Rose Hill, and southeast Sedgwick County should plan travel accordingly.

School closings - Oaklawn and Cooper Elementary schools are closed on Monday, April 16.

Power outage
7,373 customers currently out of power in Sedgwick County. Significant damage has occurred to Westar's transmission and distribution infrastructure. They are estimating total restoration for Sedgwick County by Tuesday evening.

Law enforcement agencies have reported a high level of traffic in the affected areas from people wanting to see damages. Citizens are reminded to avoid storm damaged locations to allow public safety officials and residents the opportunity to clear debris and assess damage.

Sunday, April 15, 2012, 9:30 a.m.

Sedgwick County officials say at least three homes in Oaklawn have been destroyed and dozens more were damaged. Two people went to the hospital with minor injures and several more were treated at the scene.

One of the hardest hit areas was the Pinaire Mobile Home Park where approximately 100 mobile homes were damaged.

At Spirit AeroSystems, six building sustained significant damage and four suffered major damage. All on-duty employees have been accounted for by Spirit officials. Responders on the scene are working to manage hazardous material issues.

The Central YMCA has closed its pool and racquetball courts due to storm damage. The facilities are closed until further notice.

USD 259 reports no significant damage to its buildings.

People who want to help with recovery efforts are asked to call the United Way at 211.

April 15, 2012

1:18 a.m.

A State of Disaster has been declared after the Wichita area took a hit from a large tornado Saturday night. The tornado hit Sedgwick County after 10:00 p.m.

There are multiple reports of damage in Haysville and the Oaklawn area. Crews are just getting out to assess the damage.

Preliminary damage estimate for Sedgwick County is $283 million.

There are reports of damage at the Pinaire Mobile Home Park, 5205 S. Clifton. Emergency workers are going door-to-door, looking for survivors. Sedgwick County said two people were transported. More than 100 trailers were damaged.

Sedgwick County is asking people to stay away from an area from 39th South to 63rd South and Hydraulic to K-15.

Hawker Beechcraft suffered damage heavy roof damage at plant 4 building 80.

KAKE's Deb Farris reports substantial damage at Harry & Webb Road.

The 184th Air National Guard reports minor damage and debris at its facilities at McConnell Air Force Base.

KAKE's Jeff Herndon reports substantial damage at Spirit Aerosystems in South Wichita. Spirit Aerosystems is Wichita's largest employer. There is extensive damage to buildings IPB3 & IPB 4. Spirit spokesperson Jarrod Bartlett said "We are suspending operations tonight; employees who were scheduled to report to work tonight or tomorrow should not report unless contacted directly. We will not be able to fully assess the damage until daylight."

There are reports of extensive damage at the Kansas Aviation Museum, 3350 S. George Washington Boulevard.

KAKEland Storm Chaser Bryce Kintigh reports a QuikTrip at Pawnee and Rock Road was destroyed.

Flash flooding is also being reported in Wichita.

At 11:45, Westar reported nearly 15,000 customers without power in Sedgwick County.

Sedgwick County Emergency Management said they are still assessing the damage.

The storm moved into El Dorado where extensive tree damage was reported.

The storm that hit Sedgwick County developed in Northern Oklahoma. A large, wedge tornado moved through Harper, Sumner and into Sedgwick Counties.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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