Power Still Out for Some Kansas Customers, More Buildings Collapse

Westar Energy reports that approximately 3,500 customers are still without power as of 8:30 a.m. Monday morning. These outages are scattered across 15 counties with Butler, Cowley and Greenwood Counties most impacted with a total of approximately 3,439 customers affected. Westar reports approximately 200 distribution poles were destroyed and 140 transmissions poles destroyed.

As of Sunday evening, March 29, Kansas Electric Cooperatives reported approximately 1,000 meters without power. Power is expected to be restored by Monday evening.

More building collapses reported Reno County emergency management officials report three more building collapses due to the weight of accumulated snow. This brings to six the number of building in the county that have had collapsed roofs or are structurally unstable due to heavy snowfall.

Central Christian School, 1910 E. 30th, in Hutchinson, sustained partial roof collapses to four of its buildings.. Reno County Fire Department will not allow anyone in building until snow is gone from roof. The load bearing walls to the cafeteria and offices have been compromised. All other schools in county being checked at this time for the same situation.

A 70 by 100 feet area of roof collapsed at Collins Bus, 415 W. 6th Ave, in South Hutchinson.

Emergency management officials say that the SRS Building, 600 Andrew, also in South Hutchinson, is in danger of collapse. The building has significant structural damage and the roof is leaking.

Earlier, Kingman County officials reported two partially collapsed buildings and Harvey and Harper counties each reported one partial building collapse.

No injuries were reported in any of the incidents.

Highways open
The Kansas Department of Transportation reports that all roads previously closed due to weather conditions have been reopened.

Kansas National Guard missions
The Kansas National Guard has only one mission currently active. The Guard is supplying a 30kW generator to the community of Severy in Greenwood County to supply power to a water tower pump.

All search and rescue missions are completed and all armories that were opened to provide temporary shelter for stranded motorists have returned to normal status.


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