The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 26, 2001 · Page 2
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 2

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, April 26, 2001
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A2 THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL!! Damage / In millions Smart / Promise not kept? .lofoH tv ,ic vPflr House leadership proposec FROM PAGE A1 The information is passed on to state officials, who give it to FEMA. The agency helps decide whether residents and businesses affected by disasters are eligible for financial aid. The director of FEMA is scheduled to be . iri'Hoisington Friday. ' The job of the rapid assessment team, Peterson said, is to quickly give officials a picture of how extensive damage is. Peterson was called just a few hours after the tornado Saturday night and was in the midst of the tornado damage early Sunday morning. The crew worked quickly — all the while condemning some buildings as unsafe, telling people what temporary work needed to be done before entering some structure — and by Sunday evening had numbers to give. A final review was done Monday The findings are staggering for the town of about 3,000 residents. Based on county assessed values, the tornado caused about $17.45 million in damage. Peterson said the cost to rebuild likely will be much more. The difficulty in counting some homes Sunday paints a picture of how extensive the damage was. Was a string of shredded lumber and a hodgepodge of items at a certain site one home, two, or dispersed from down the street? At times Sunday, Peterson said, it was tough to tell. After some disasters, only some members of the damage- assessment team are called to a disaster scene, Peterson said. But in this case, he said, having all members of the crew present "was just enough." The team is trained to assess damage, and Loker said members are given specific criteria to follow in making an assessment. That includes determining damage based on ratios, Peterson said. If 80 percent or more of a structure is deemed severely damaged, it is considered destroyed; from 40 percent to 70 percent labels a structure as having major damage, and 10 percent to 30 percent damage is considered minor Salina architect Warren Ediger, another member of the assessment crew, also was in Hoisington Monday "You're amazed at aU the peculiar things you see," in the wake of a tornado, Ediger said Wednesday, such as a canoe on the ground, unmoved by the tornado, lying next to a metal shed that had blown over. Or a pencil driven into a brick chimney "The houses are totally destroyed," he said, "and obviously, this is somebody's life." • Reporter Nate Jenkins can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 139, or by e-mail at sjnjenkins ® FROM PAGE A1 It appears Kansas lawmakers are reneging on a promise for children's programs, said Angela Allison, coordinator for Smart Start of Saline County "Basically, it imdermines the whole idea of the Children's Cabinet in the first place," she said. Graves proposed this week to follow what the Senate budget committee did this past week on Smart Start. Graves has removed $8 miUion of his $11.26 million recommendation for Smart Smart in fiscal 2002. He instead puts it toward other programs. The House, too, is considering a change in the governor's proposal. That leaves about $3.3 million for next year's Smart Start — enough to continue current grants, but little to expand it to other communities. Graves also plans to fund part of the current state budget shortfall with $8.2 million from tobacco money slated this year for the Kansas Endowment for Youth, where it would earn interest before going into new children's programs. Graves' spokesman Don Brown said it would be easier to cut money planned for a new program, rather than taking from an established one. More funding could go to Smart Start if the budget situation improves next year, he said. "I think the governor views this as a slower ramp-up of the program," Brown said. Senate President Dave Kerr proposed his chamber's change in Smart Start funding. He said it was a strategic move as the House and Senate prepare for final budget negotiations later this week. "My contention is if the House is interested in talking about restoring the original purposes of the Children's Initiative Fund we'U be willing listeners," Kerr said. Kerr was upset when the Sudden / Tornado struck suddenly FROM PAGE A1 The latest radar technology is designed to detect wind shear, rotating winds aloft and other weather phenomena that indicate tornadoes are imminent. The largest tornadoes — such as those that struck Hesston in 1990, Haysville, Wichita and Andover in 1991 and Haysville and Wichita again in 1999 — routinely dip down a few times before gaining strength and staying on the ground for extended periods. But the Hoisington tornado went from infant to monster in seconds. Less than a mile from where it touched down just west of the city, the tornado developed wind speeds exceeding 200 mph. "In all my years of doing this, I've never seen one do that that quickly," Elder said. "That's something I'll never forget as long as I live." Debriefings are standard pro­ cedure at the ^fWS after severe weather, but the meetings this week have been especially intense. "The thing I'm asking myself is, 'Are there (radar) signatures there that could have told us 15 or 20 minutes before the tornado touched down? Could we have seen a tornado was there?" Elder said. Several Hoisington residents said the last thing they saw on television before the electricity went out Saturday night was KWCH meteorologist Jeremy Vogel warning them to seek shelter from a strong thunderstorm moving toward them. The system had produced tornadoes near Rush Center and Timken earlier in the evening, he said, and tornadoes were still possible. But Elder said the thunderstorms that prompted those warnings had died, and the tornado that hit Hoisington formed from a different cell. Victim / In wrong place at wrong time FROM PAGE A1 He's been back many times for the reunion. Saturday, there were eight or nine people in the store about 9 p.m., readying things for the party Cheese and meat trays had just been uncovered and placed on a counter Two people were in the restaurant seating area, and others were in a glassed-in solarium. Sparks said he was standing by the grill when he heard glass shattering. The two people in the seating area ran for a bath­ room. "I just hit the floor and kind of covered my head," Sparks said. "Stuff fell on me — part of the roof, cabinets and stuff I didn't know what was falling. I was just trying to protect myself." After the storm passed and he stood. Sparks thought with dread of the other people who had been with him in the restaurant. "I thought I was going to walk over and finr^ dead people," he said. / But the most serious injuries were cuts. Steinert, who had been standing by his desk, was unharmed. Three or four people waited out the storm in a walk- in cooler, and another was standing in the doorway of the cooler Sparks will be feeling the effects of the storm for years to come. Shattered glass peppered his head as it fell, embedding itself in his scalp. While a nurse was able to pull a small piece of glass from Sparks' arm with the tweezers in Sparks' Swiss Army knife, other pieces in his head couldn't be removed. "Saturday night, 1 stayed at a friend's house, and I showered and used their dog's wire brush to brush some of the glass out," Sparks said. Doctors told him that other tiny pieces of glass probably will work themselves to the surface and pop out as the months go by Another lasting effect will be Sparks' attitude toward storips. "I might invest in one 'of those weather radios," Sparks said. "I can see that happening." House leadership proposed taking $8 million of Smart Start proposed funding and using it for grade-school programs. One child advocate questioned whether there's a future for Smart Start. "Children are the easiest political target. They don't vote, they don't have political action committees and money to spend on high-powered lobby-' ists," said Dodie Wellshear Johnson, lobbyist for the group Kansas Action for Children. > Your Hearing Aid could be this small! 827-8911 1-800-448-0215 AAhEARJNq Healthcare Associates^ 234 S. Santa Fe, Salina **Pnt Qtutlity Jkir BncU In Tour Home** Time to Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned Ryan's Air System Cleaning, Inc. Commercial - Residential - Industrial (785) 825-4891 Free Estimates ,, ^^^^^„. The World's Best Chicken. 649 S. Broadway / Salina / 785-827-5076 Having trouble getting around? You need a... Rascal... Electric scooters take you where you want to go. Used units starting at $995. Many to clioose from. Contact John Cooper 785-546-2320 Sales & Service Salina Journal Conmciingwmmunltles with information (USPS 478-060). Published seven days a week, 365 days a year at 333 S. Fourth, P.O. Box 740, . . Salina, KS 67402, , by Salina Journallnc. Periodical postage paid at Salina, KS Postmaster Send changes of address to: The Salina Journal RO. Box 740 • : Salina KS 67402-0740 TOM BELL ; ' editor & publisher, tbell^saljourrml.cori}- J DEPARTMENTS /: • ADVERTISING: KiM NORWOOD / director, J • BUSINESS: JACKI RYBA, manager, ryba ® • CIRCULATION: DAVID GRAHAM director, graham@saljourrial.coin • NEWS: Scon SEIRER . executive editor, asBlrer@siljournal .c6m ' PRODUCTION: DAVID ATKINSON manager, ' 823-6363 Salina 1-800-827-6383 Kansas SUBSCmPTIOWS E-mall: • NO PAPER?: If your paper doesn't arrive by 6:30 a.m. weekdays or 7 a.m. weekends and holidays, call the number above. In Salina, If you call by 11 a.m., your paper will be delivered that day. Out-ot-town subscribers will receive missed papers the following day. • CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT HOURS: Open at 5:30am.daily. Closes at 5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. on weekends, 11 a.m. on holidays. • CARRIER RATES: $15.00 plus tax for one month, $42.19 plus tax lor three months. • HATES BY MOTOR ROUTE: $15.94 plus tax for one month, $47.82 plus tax for three months. • RATES BY MAIL (three months): In Kansas, $45.58 plus tax for daily paper, $37.12 plus tax for Monday through Saturday, $36.06 plus tax for [Vlonday through Friday and $20.21 plus lax for Sunday. Outside Kansas, $54.75 for dally paper, $44.25 for Monday through Saturday, $49.50 for Monday through Friday and $25.95 for Sunday. P OOL S ERVICE S PA S ERVICE W ATER C HEMISTRY Pool's Plus of Salina 829.POOL • 2501 Market Place tique Reproductions Yesterday's Charm combines with the beauty of Solid Oak. Heirloom quality to enjoy now for future generations! FOREVER OAK "HandcrafUd Oak Fuirniture & Accents " 619 E. Cratvford, Salina • 800-864-4429 • 823 Monday-Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-4 On April 8, 2001 unknown persons entered a White 1998 Oldsmobile Achieva while it was parked on 1-70 near Solomon rest area. Entrance was gained to the vehicle by breaking out the passenger side window. Taken from the vehicle was a Sony AM/FM Compact Disc player with a detachable face plate. Estimated loss: $588. If you have any inforination concerning who committed this crime, call Crimestoppers at 825-TIPS. You may receive a cash reward of up to $1000.00, and you are not required to give your name. *^ Salina Journal Sponsored by: Connecting communities with information m Look to Salina Journal News you can Use! Hays Greenhouse Welcomes Professional Pond Contractor ERIC WOOD Come and Enjoy a Free Seminar "All About Ponds" Saturday, April 28th, 2 p.m. Hays Greenhouse 1327 Toulon Avenue Hays, Kansas 785-735-2888 Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9:00-6:00 Sun. 12:00-6:00 State Farm is here to help you with your claim. If you're a State Farm Policyholder and your home or car was damaged by the recent hail storm, it's best to report that damage right away. Contact your State Farm agent now for instructions on filing your claim. If your roof must be replaced, this is a good time to talk to your contractor about installing an impact-resistant roof. These roofing materials are designed to better withstand impact such as hail storms. You may save time and money in the long run. And, you may also qualify for insurance premium discounts. Contact your agent for more details. STATE FARM INSURANCE ® For more information, contact your agent. like a good neighbor, State Farm is there^ STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANIES • HOME OFFICES: BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS™

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