Salina cleans up after windstorm sweeps through city

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The community of Salina and the surrounding area spent much of Thursday morning cleaning up after a strong windstorm Wednesday afternoon.

Crews from the Evergy, the City of Salina, Saline County were seen throughout the city and county, working on downed power lines, damaged traffic signals and downed trees in the right-of-way of some areas of traffic.

As of Thursday afternoon, no fatalities due to the storm had been reported in the county.

Power outages throughout Saline County

Traffic lights, like this one at the intersection of Ohio and Iron Streets, were damaged or not functioning because of a loss of power in Salina, with many usually lighted intersections operating as four-way stops throughout the city.
Traffic lights, like this one at the intersection of Ohio and Iron Streets, were damaged or not functioning because of a loss of power in Salina, with many usually lighted intersections operating as four-way stops throughout the city.

Some residents were without power throughout the night and businesses along the usually busy South Ninth Street shopping corridor were closed and without power Thursday morning after a utility pole snapped in front of Sonic Drive-In.

As of 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Evergy reported that 4,530 customers, or around 17% of those served in Saline County, were still without power.

Saline County said residents should expect multiday outages in the area.

No humans or animals hurt after damage at Rolling Hills Zoo

A destination for people of all ages, Rolling Hills Zoo said it suffered some damage to outlying buildings on its property.

A press release from the zoo said that around 2 p.m. Wednesday, staff began clearing the park and keepers started moving animals into their indoor housing.

"All animals safely rode out the storm and are contained in their habitats," Rolling Hills said.

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A storage building by the zoo's maintenance shop had extensive damage and a small building on the southeast corner of the zoo broke from its foundation.

The zoo said that small "lean-to" building landed on top of a vehicle belonging to a staff member, but no humans were injured during the storm either.

"The zoo experienced additional minor damage around the park, including to trees and several other personal vehicles belonging to staff," Rolling Hills said. "The zoo will continue to access damages from the storm and costs associated throughout the day."

Saline County declares state of emergency

A storage building at Rolling Hills Zoo had extensive damage caused by the windstorm that swept through the area Wednesday. The zoo said no animals or humans were injured during the storm.
A storage building at Rolling Hills Zoo had extensive damage caused by the windstorm that swept through the area Wednesday. The zoo said no animals or humans were injured during the storm.

With the power outages reported, the Saline County Board of Commissioners verbally declared a state of emergency Thursday.

The county said shelter, medical and electrical charging stations and meals are available to the public at Webster Conference Center, 2601 N. Ohio St.

The center will be providing free drive-thru style meals from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to anyone, even if they don't require sheltering.

Those requiring shelter are asked to check in at the chapel before 10 p.m. Thursday. Anyone needing sheltering after that time are asked to call Saline County Emergency Management at 785-826-6511.

This article originally appeared on Salina Journal: Salina cleans up, restores power outages after Kansas windstorm

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