Storms pack quite a punch in Wichita

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WICHITA, Kansas — Tree limbs and trees are down all over Wichita. It’s going to take some time to clean it up.

“I was impressed with residents cleaning up so fast,” says Joe Pajor with the City of Wichita. “Neighbors helping neighbors.”

Pajor says the city is doing hard at it as well.  The city says they will not be picking up limbs from private properties.

“For the work we are doing on the public right of way. We expect several weeks to complete that work,” explains Pajor. “So we have asked for the public’s patience as we work our way through damaged areas.”

From Newton to Derby, there is a lot of damage. While most of the storm damage is from tree limbs, there are still some power lines down. There is also damage to buildings and cars.

“I’ve lived here more than 40 years,” says Merle Manlove of Riverside. “I’ve never seen anything like it before.”

A minivan in Manlove’s drive is victim of the storm. Heavy tree branches brought down by the storm crushed the roof of the van and smashed windows.

“At the time? I didn’t realize what was going on,” says Manlove. “I didn’t hear any noise because the wind was blowing so bad. You couldn’t hear anything. Overwhelming.”

And residents like Manlove are responsible for the cleanup if it is on their property.

“Wichita will be cleaning up right of way,” says Pajor. Just not limbs from private property.

Residents will have to contact their waste hauler to make arrangements for removal of limbs.

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