Insurance adjusters/claims agents will be in Chapman tomorrow morning, June 13, at 7 a.m. to assist their clients.
STATE SUPPORT TO CHAPMAN
The State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka activated Wednesday evening and began sending resources to Chapman including an incident management team with expertise in disaster response. The Kansas National Guard was deployed to assist with security and supply a generator to run the water supply to ensure firefighters have water. Approximately 20 National Guard members are in Chapman to support the security needs with roaming patrols. Gas and power have been shut off in the town as a precaution to prevent incidents. Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) 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.
RILEY COUNTY - MANHATTAN - KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
In Riley County, the city of Manhattan sustained extensive tornado damages along with Kansas State University. Kansas State University houses a 10 watt research reactor in one building at the facility. The roof and walls of the building sustained damaged, however, the reactor was not harmed. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been at Kansas State University since early this morning following all safety procedures and the reactor is completely secure. There are no hazards relative to the reactor.
The tornado stretched from the southwest side of Manhattan, near the Manhattan Airport, and continued northeast through the center of town. Trees and power lines are down. Some neighborhoods were hit particularly hard.
Thirteen soldiers have been deployed to Manhattan to provide security support.
In Manhattan there were three businesses destroyed; 10 with major damage and 20 with minor damage. Two mobile homes were destroyed with another mobile home receiving major damage. There were 45 single family homes destroyed; 67 single family homes received major damage and 75 single family homes received minor damage.
JACKSON COUNTY-SITE OF SECOND FATALITY
The storm system's second fatality was confirmed early this morning outside the town of Soldier in Jackson County. The victim was outside of his mobile home. The tornado path traveled from 254 & C Road to Hwy 16 and angled north to 286 & I Road.
At least four homes were destroyed according to the American Red Cross. Homes were heavily damaged east of Soldier along 270th Road. A shelter was established at the fire department in Soldier. Many trees and power lines are down across roads. The tornado path traveled from 254 & C Road to Hwy 16 and angled north to 286 & I Road.
The Saline County Emergency Manager is reporting damage to at least two structures with many downed power lines and downed trees and many power outages. Structures damaged in Saline County include Phillips Lighting plant, a hotel, the Crestwood Cabinet plant, and a retirement home. No injuries are reported at this time.
Six homes were destroyed with approximately five homes receiving major damage.
BOIL ADVISORY FOR CHAPMAN
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for the City of Chapman. The city's water system suffered storm damage Wednesday night, resulting in a loss of pressure in the system. Whenever such a loss of pressure occurs, it is possible for contaminants to enter the system. Also, chlorine residuals may drop to levels that are inadequate to protect against bacterial contamination.