Disaster Response Update - 6-13-08
From Julie Pohl, disaster response
Continuing Volunteer Cleanup Efforts - Manhattan, KS
All volunteers wanting to assist with the
continuing cleanup from the recent weather event should report to
the west parking lot of Bill Snyder Family Stadium, near Cat's
Closet, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 13. Those
volunteers should dress appropriately (long pants and shirts, work
gloves if available) and will be transported to the affected
In addition, all those with vehicles and equipment to use in
support of the continuing cleanup effort should call 587-2489 or
587-2404 so they can be put in direct contact with those needing
greater assistance. Any property owner or tenant needing this
assistance from those volunteers with vehicles and equipment should
call 587-2489 or 587-2404 to register for assistance.
City Cleanup Coordination
The City of
Manhattan is coordinating cleanup efforts in response to the weather
event on June 11-12. In order to expedite the pickup of this debris,
please separate any items you may find into the following
- Tree limbs/brush
- Wood/wood-based construction materials
- Household appliances/electronics
These items should be moved into the right-of-way near the
roadways abutting the properties where they are found. Please bag
trash and other small refuse separately. Also, any personal
belongings (pictures, diplomas, mail, etc.) or items of value should
be marked, if possible, with the location they were found. These
items will be collected at the Bear Computer Systems store in the
Bluehills Shopping Center (contact Donna Albotello: 539-5777).
A list is being compiled of those willing to assist with the
cleanup effort. Please call the City, at 587-2489, if you are
available. There is no longer a need for volunteers today and a
decision about the number of volunteers needed for tomorrow will be
For the elderly (60+) and caregivers of the elderly who need
emergency assistance (food, temporary housing assistance,
transportation assistance, completion of insurance forms, etc.)
please contact the North Central Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging
during business hours at 785-776-9294 or toll-free 1-800-432-2703 or
after 5:00p.m. at 785-410-4454.
Photos of Manhattan damage
Here is the
Manhattan Mercuryís photo gallery. You can also click on the link on
the left on the website for reader photos. http://news.themercury.com/2008/06/Tornado/photos.aspx
Other damaged locations
While I am very
concerned about the tornado damaged areas in Kansas, I am also
concerned by the massive hail reports that many of our communities
have been hit with over the past couple of weeks. Hail reports of up
to softball size have been reported in numerous locations. Large
hail does major damage to homes by destroying siding and roofs as
well as breaking out windows.
I have had reports from Cedar Vale that damage from a hail storm
which hit on Memorial Day has done some major damage to 149 homes.
At least 25 of those homes belong to folks who are uninsured. This
area needs our assistance. Some of the roofs have not even been
tarped yet, so every rain that they receive is doing additional
damage. I am sure that there are other locations out there that have
also received damage, but I have not received any reports yet.
Flooding may be another concern in many of our areas, if your
community is experiencing any flooding issues, please report in to
me so that we can assist. I will send additional updates as
information becomes available.
If you might be able to assist in any of these areas, please
contact me. My contact numbers are: 785-989-3237 (H), 816-390-0324
Disaster Report 6-12-08
The following is a damage report from the State of KS which was
published at 5:30 AM June 12. Please remember that these were
preliminary reports only. If any of you have any damage reports,
please forward them on to me at 785-989-3237 (H), 816-390-0324 (C),
Tornadoes throughout northeast Kansas Wednesday night resulted in
two deaths, numerous injuries, and significant damages to homes,
businesses and buildings in several counties.
A woman was killed
in the town of Chapman in Dickinson County. She was found outside in
a yard. A man was killed outside the town of Soldier in Jackson
County. He was found outside of his mobile home.
A tornado estimated to be a
half mile wide hit the town of Chapman approximately 10:20 p.m.
touching down on the southwest corner, moving through the center of
town, and on to the northeast side of Chapman. Ambulances were
brought in from nearby counties to assist in Chapman, and more
ambulances were brought in through MERG, the Medical Emergency
Response Group in the south central region.
State support to Chapman http://www.kake.com/home/headlines/19817769.html
officials in the town of Chapman requested the state provide an
incident management team to assist them with response along with
additional law enforcement to help with security. The Kansas
National Guard is providing security support and also supplying a
generator to run the water supply to ensure firefighters have water.
Gas and power have been shut off in the town as a precaution to
prevent incidents. Local officials have also asked for assistance
with removal of downed trees and power lines from streets. Entrance
to the town has been closed to the public to ensure the emergency
crews have access in and out of the area.
The Kansas Department of Transportationís Communications on
Wheels is operational in Chapman to support emergency communications
needs and serve as the incident command communication system. The
Kansas Highway Patrolís mobile command has also arrived in
According to the American Red Cross, 60 homes were destroyed in
Chapman, another 28 sustained major damage, and 30 more have minor
damage. A shelter has been established in Sterl Hall in Abilene and
victims will be brought to the shelter by bus. Another shelter has
been opened at Webster Conference Center (in Salina). Preliminary
reports indicate at least 200 people have been displaced.
Jackson County http://www.kake.com/home/headlines/19817769.html
In Jackson County, where one individual died, at least four
homes were destroyed according to the American Red Cross. Homes were
heavily damaged east of Soldier along 270th Road. A shelter was
established at the fire department in Soldier. Highway 62 is closed
to the public and the county is checking on residents door to door.
Many trees and power lines are down across roads. The tornado path
traveled from 254 & C Road to Hwy 16 and angled north to 286
& I Road.
Riley County http://www.kake.com/home/headlines/19817769.html
Riley County, the city of Manhattan sustained extensive tornado
damages resulting in some injuries. The tornado stretched from the
southwest side of Manhattan, near the Manhattan Airport, and
continued northeast through the center of town. Trees and power
lines are down. Kansas State University sustained damage to several
buildings. At least 100 people are seeking shelter in Portoff Hall
in Manhattan according to the American Red Cross. A preliminary
search has been completed, and the Kansas Highway Patrol conducted a
search and rescue flyover at daylight.
The Saline County Emergency
Manager is reporting damage to at least two structures with many
downed power lines and downed trees and many power outages.
Structures damaged in Saline County include Phillips Lighting plant,
a hotel, the Crestwood Cabinet plant, and a retirement home. No
injuries are reported at this time.
State EOC activated
The State Emergency
Operations Center in Topeka was activated Wednesday evening to
assist counties and will remain operational 24/7 as long as