KU suffers $6 million in damage from storm

Kansas University campus sustained at least $6 million dollars of damage from Sunday’s storms, officials said Monday morning.

“It certainly could have been much, much, worse than it was,” Chancellor Robert Hemenway said during a joint appearance with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius after the two took a flight over the city to view the damage.

Paula Phillips, director of Douglas County Emergency Management, said that an assessment team was still determining damage throughout the rest of Lawrence. The preliminary numbers should be available Tuesday.

She said the city would have to sustain at least $3.2 million in damages to qualify for federal disaster aid.

Douglas County emergency officials have encountered problems during their ongoing response to the storm, they said Monday morning.

Selma Southard at Douglas County emergency communications, and Paula Phillips, the emergency director, said problems with the new generator at the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center Sunday night that caused the building to be without power for two hours, from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., forcing dispatchers to go to back-up procedures of writing down information manually.

They lost their computer-aided dispatch system that shows where officers are and had to forward phones to KU to dispatch for a while. The system was functioning today.