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Source: Don Stubbings, 785-532-6412
News release prepared by: Cheryl May, 785-532-2535, may@k-state.edu

Friday, Aug. 13, 2010

Updated Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010

SIGNIFICANT STORM DAMAGE AT K-STATE DUE TO WIND AND MICROBURST

MANHATTAN -- A late afternoon storm with damaging winds caused significant losses to trees and some damage to buildings on the Kansas State University campus.

K-State police Capt. Don Stubbings estimated that the tree damage near Anderson and Eisenhower Halls was nearly as bad as that of the June 2008 tornado.

"The damage in that small area resulted in tree loss similar to what we experienced on campus a couple of years ago due to the tornado," Stubbings said.

Anderson Hall sustained roof and ceiling damage and lost a chiller. A stone wall along Manhattan Ave., also was severely damaged.

Bruce Shubert, vice president for administration and finance, estimates the damage to be about $250,000, not including tree replacement. The major portion of the expense is to replace chillers and roofs.

Anderson Hall chiller crushed by tree.

A K-State facilities employee clears a tree from the Anderson Hall parking lot. Workers were out immediately after the storm to begin campus repairs.

Facilities employees were quick to cover the damaged portions of the Anderson Hall roof to prevent further problems.

Photos by University Photographer David Mayes.