By Adam Strunk
The June 25 thunderstorm that damaged buildings, houses, vehicles and knocked down trees in Harvey County has led to $42 million in insurance claims.
The Kansas Insurance Department released the total this week. It based the total on 5,470 insurance claims filed in all but four counties in the state.
According to the department, a total of $141 million in insurance claims from storm damage have been filed in the state of Kansas since the start of 2021.
The department was not able to break the numbers out on a county-by-county basis.
Of most notable local damage USD 373 had the roof of its bus barn and maintenance headquarters severely damaged.
The storm also damaged Lindley Hall, removing the brick facade on the side of the building.
As a result of the damage, the district paid for inspections of the building, which revealed that the masonry wall had “extreme deterioration present in the mortar and wall ties as a result of prolonged moisture penetration causing a decreased structural capacity of the mason wall.”
The district is now reviewing options to either repair or raze and replace the building.
The district estimates replacement costs for the 87-year-old building are estimated between $2 million to $4 million, or repair costs ranging from $1.5 million to $2.5 million.
The district currently does not allow students to use the building deeming it unsafe.