Riley County Storm Search and Clean Up Update

Area search and clean up:

Eureka Drive area: No changes. As described earlier there was minor damage to a few homes , vehicles, trees and power lines. A mobile trailer was moved, but no injuries were reported.

Miller Ranch area: In the daylight we can now see that our preliminary statement of 30 homes being leveled to the foundation was not correct. We estimate there were 15 homes (not 30) that were “leveled.” Numerous homes in the fairly new residential area received major/serious damage.

Amherst residential area: Approximately 30 homes received major/serious damage, while several others received some sort of damage.

Amherst business area: The following businesses received catastrophic damage: Little Apple Honda/Toyota dealership; Waters True Value Hardware store; Amherst Self Storage; and, Southwestern Bell.

KSU: The following buildings were reported to have received some type of damage; however, I would refer you to the KSU police department, or their appointed PIO, for details and confirmation. Ward Hall, Durland Hall, Weber Hall, Bushnell Hall, Fieldes Hall, Caldwell Hall.

Other areas: There were also several houses and buildings damage along the path of the tornado in the Southcentral portion of Manhattan.

Other issues:

Riley County Police continue to have officers placed in the vicinity of the affected areas to control traffic and unlawful entry into dwellings. The 1-635 Armor National Guard unit, stationed in Manhattan, is also assisting in controlling access routes to prevent looting.

Police ask that “sight seers” please stay away from the area. Heavy clean up equipment is having difficulty getting around the area due to the heavy congestion of vehicles trying to see the damage.

Clean up efforts are starting so the City would request that residents divide the debris into three separate piles.

First; normal household trash should be bagged and placed together; Second, vegetation product (i.e. trees, brush, limbs) should be in a second pile; Finally, large appliance items (stove, washer, dryer, etc) should be in a third pile.

Crews consisting of Fire department, Code enforcement and police officers walked through the affected areas accounting for residents; qualifying the dwellings as being safe or not, and conducting a general overall inspection of those areas. Final numbers regarding property damage should be available in the near future.

“University for Man” (1221 Thurston) is taking in found property. They will try to identify the owner and return the property they receive.

The police department is receiving an overwhelming amount of phone calls for officers to go by a residence and check it’s condition or check for a person. They request that individuals first try to call a friend in Manhattan to check a residence for damage.

With respect to people, please call the Red Cross and ask if the person they seek is being sheltered. If the Red Cross does not list them as being sheltered, then you may call the police to do a welfare check. The Red Cross does not do welfare checks at houses.

Finally, there has been an overwhelming response of volunteers wanting to help in many different ways.

In order to better facilitate placing volunteers where they are needed, a Command Post has been placed in the Northwest corner of Bramlage parking lot.

All volunteers should report to the Command Post for assignment. Volunteers may also call 785-587-CITY (2489) to offer assistance.

631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email:
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