Today Marks 14 Years Since Haysville Tornado

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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Friday, May 3, 2013

May 3rd, 1999 is a date many Haysville residents will never forget as an F-4 tornado ripped through the town.

Today marks the 14th anniversary since that devastating day, but for people who live in Haysville, the memories are still fresh.

"I remember walking over the railroad tracks and it just looked like a warzone and everything was just destroyed," said Haysville resident Deanna Prince.

Current Sedgwick County Commissioner Tim Norton was mayor of Haysville at the time.

Today, he reminisced on those daunting days immediately following the tornado.

"My worst fears were realized as I drove into town, you know I could tell that we took a pretty bad hit," Norton said.

The tornado tore through downtown, leaving a path of destruction from there to South Wichita and killing six people.

Fourteen years and millions of dollars later, the town is making a recovery.

The city bought a lot of property that was damaged, and built many new structures, including a park, and a new library.

But there are still physical and emotional marks left in this community all these years later.

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