Clean Up In Manhattan, "It's Going Really Well."

By: Brian Dorman Email
By: Brian Dorman Email

Clean up is in full swing in the city of Manhattan this week, we took a trip to Manhattan Wednesday to see the efforts.

The damaged homes are abandoned as work crews continue to remove debris that lines the roads from Miller Ranch to Amherst.

A week ago these streets were lined with grieving families, now they are filled with insurance adjusters, contract workers, heavy clean up machinery and roofing companies.

“As adjusters come through, once they give the go ahead we go to the homeowner and give them an estimate for their roofs, windows, or garage doors or whatever they may have on their house that's damaged,” Radley Ramsey with Thornton Construction said.

As you can imagine that makes Radley Ramsey one busy guy.

"Extremely busy! As a matter of fact my personal life has gone to zero."

Just as busy Beverly Ines who is waiting to get inside the homes to fix the interior.

"We're here to help fix up damages, the painting and interior there's a lot of mud and damage."

Bev’s job really won't begin for about three weeks while crews like Radley's fix the exterior, right now it's just setting up the jobs.

"Scheduling is a nightmare, but you just have to take it first come first serve and just be flexible.”

What you're not going to see in Manhattan are a lot of homeowners, but what you are going to see is a lot of heavy machinery. All this stuff now needs to be moved from this location some place else.

"Right now we're just picking up the debris, the crumbled homes they have moved to the sides of the streets and the trees have been moved to the sides of the streets,” Roger Nelson, with Riley County Public Works said while pointing to all the debris.
So far roger says so good

"Actually everything has been real good out here. Everybody's excited to be here they are willing to volunteer and contractors are doing good everyone is cooperating with each other."

Cleanup with the heavy machines continues each day this week. As for homes the rebuilding process may go as far as the fall of 2009.

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