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KU suffers $6 million in damage from storm

March 13, 2006, 10:28 a.m. Updated March 13, 2006, 12:08 p.m.


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.

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lunacydetector 12 years, 3 months ago


gee, i wish my insurance company (because i carry insurance unlike KU -at least they didn't carry insurance on hoch auditorium when it burned down) would pay for some broken trees in my yard, but in the real world that won't happen.

$6 MILLION DOLLARS? i didn't know they had any buildings completely destroyed, and if they did, it would be a pretty darn BIG building to cost THAT much money. widespread destruction...let me see that list of damage and the estimates to repair.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years, 3 months ago

From the people I've talked to who have been up on campus, $6 million might be fairly conservative (and that's not a distortion of the word, as some around here are wont to do.)

There will likely be a list available, if you want it, luny. But I'm sure you'll be too busy pi**ing and moaning about some new thing you know nothing about to go seek it out.

Alison Roberts 12 years, 3 months ago

old buildings.. strong wind...lots of glass... landscaping.

since its ku.. that adds up to 6 mil.

but why cant they just not have class tomorrow.. Im really not interested in doing my reading for class.

im 6 million dollars worth of uninterested in the crap i have to read for class...

lunacydetector 12 years, 3 months ago

Six million dollars for KU is VERY questionable. i for one, would like to see an itemized list of all the damage - $6 Million dollars worth of damage to KU. the public has the right to know.

it sounds more like 'we need more money' let's blame it on the storm.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years, 3 months ago

Go for it, luny. Report back when you have the whole scoop.

Jane McNally 12 years, 3 months ago

In 1980, when I was finishing my doctoral work at KU, a tornado hit the K-Mart and a trailer park south of town. There was over $1 million in damages then. It's 26 years later. Take a look around Lawrence, folks; it's not hard to see why $6 million not only fits, but is probably an under-estimation.

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