City of Wichita crews continue to make progress cleaning up storm damage that occurred Friday, April 3rd. Preliminary storm damage estimates were estimated at $300,000 to City facilities. The estimate does not include damage that occurred at Jabara Airport or the new Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport terminal building. Staff continues to identify and evaluate locations which were impacted by the storm. A final damage estimate will be provided as soon as it becomes available.
Below is an update from City departments highlighting how they are helping the community recover from the storm.
Wichita Public Works & Utilities:
A contractor for Westar Energy, hit a water pipe in the area of Woodlawn and 29 St. North while trying to restore power to the area. The incident happened late Saturday afternoon. One neighborhood, an office building and Jackson Elementary School lost water. Crews have since made temporary repairs and were able to restore water service. Plans are now underway to make the permanent repairs.
Repair work continues to traffic signals on North Woodlawn downed by power poles. Repair crews are coordinating with Westar Energy to repair four sets of the signals in order to reopen that section of the street. The signal repair work is expected to be completed later today. The section of Woodlawn between Mainsgate and K-96 is expected to reopen to traffic by 5 p.m. this afternoon. There may be additional temporary lane closures so more repair work can be completed.
To date, Wichita Public Works & Utilities crews have cleared 35 tree limbs blocking streets, repaired or replaced 65 traffic signs, and corrected signal issues at 35 intersections.
The City has extended the offer to allow residents to drop off storm debris at Brooks Construction and Demolition Landfill, 4100 N West St., for free. More than 720 people took advantage of the free dumping on Saturday, which is about 10 times the normal volume. Due to the response, the City has extended the offer through 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 8. The offer was originally scheduled to end at the close of business Tuesday.
Brooks Landfill will only accept the following types of storm debris: roofing materials, wood, wood products, wall or floor coverings, plaster, drywall, plumbing fixtures, electrical wiring, electrical components containing no hazardous materials and non-asbestos insulation. Household hazardous wastes will not be accepted. All other C&D waste is subject to regular tipping fees.
The landfill is open M-F, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, please contact the Brooks Landfill at (316) 722-0601.
Wichita Park and Recreation/Forestry:
Forestry crews cleared 25 street blockages between 1:30 and 7 a.m. Friday to help with the morning commute. They continued to open additional blocked lanes of traffic throughout the rest of the day. Crews inspected 31 locations including 12 which involved damage to cars and homes.
Forestry will continue to remove trees and remove broken limbs which pose a threat to public safety on streets and in areas around City parks. The cleanup could take at least two more weeks.
Wichita Park and Recreation/Golf:
The storm damage cleanup continues at LW Clapp Golf Course. Staff members are removing debris from the course. None of the debris caused a hazard or an emergency situation. Depending upon schedule and weather, staff anticipates total clean up by the end of this week. The course will remain open.
Power has been restored to the buildings. There is no power to the lighting system on the runways and taxiways. As a result, Jabara will only be open during the daytime hours (sunrise to sunset). Midwest Corporate Aviation continues its cleanup after its hanger collapsed on top of several planes.
Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport:
The new terminal sustained minor damage to the roof. Plans are being made to order a new section and make the repair. Normal business operations continue at the existing terminal which is utilized daily.
Housing & Community Services:
Several homes in the City’s Country Acres development lost shingles, two of which had to have protective material applied to protect the property.