National Guard Completes Chapman Damage Assessment

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

The Kansas National Guard says search and rescue efforts are completed in Chapman in the wake of a deadly tornado.

A twister hit the town of 1300 in Dickinson County just before 10:30 pm Wednesday. Officials say it was a half-mile wide. One woman was killed.

The National Guard says approximately 69 homes in Chapman were destroyed with approximately 215 more receiving minor to major damage. All of the schools in Chapman were destroyed along with three churches.

People who left town were allowed back in Thursday to get a look at what was left of their homes. They will need to leave again by 9 pm Thursday as a precaution.

Insurance adjusters and claims agents will be in Chapman at 7am Friday morning to assist their clients.

The Kansas National Guard deployed about 20 members to Chapman to assist with security and supply 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. Kansas
Department of Transportation personnel assisted local crews with removal of downed trees and power lines from streets. The KDOT's Communications on Wheels is operational in Chapman to support emergency communications needs and serve as the incident command communication system. The Kansas Highway Patrol's mobile command has also arrived in Chapman.


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