Manhattan Celebrates Rebuilding from Storms

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Manhattan is celebrating its recovery from a devastating tornado.

13 News took the show on the road Wednesday night, broadcasting its 4, 5 and 6 pm newscasts from Gymnastics Plus, off Amherst Ave.

The business was among those destroyed by a tornado June 11th, 2008. They've rebuilt better than ever. Wednesday evening, they invited the community to share their success with a carnival atmosphere. True Value brought two large inflatable toys for kids, Manhattan Fire and Riley County P.D. had vehicles on hand, Red Cross volunteers shared emergency planning information, the Sunset Zoo had an exhibit, and Radio Shack worked with 13 Storm Team meteorologists Jeremy Goodwin, Drew Switzer and Rob Peppers to program weather alert radios. K-State mascot Willie Wildcat even made an appearance.

Bill Abler of Gymnastics Plus says the support of the community was vital in helping the business recover from the storm. Red Cross volunteer Chuck Tannehill agreed that seeing everyone come together in the aftermath of the disaster was inspiring.

To view video of coverage from the immediate aftermath of the 2008 storms that hit Chapman, Manhattan and Soldier, as well as recent visits to chronicle the rebuilding process, click the icon in the middle of the www.wibw.com home page.


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