Bourbon County still reeling from April hail storm - KOAM TV 7

Bourbon County still reeling from April hail storm


A month after a devastating hail storm hits Bourbon County, Kansas recovery efforts get a boost.

With tens of millions of dollars in damages, county officials are now realizing the extent of the storm.

Windows, roofing, siding and cars were all affected by the April 7 hail storm.

"There was a lot of damage," says Tom Owens, General Manager of Shepherd Team Auto Plaza in Fort Scott.  "I feel sorry for a lot of people here in town, sidings, roofs, windows, it was a bad storm."

In addition to the facility, more than 350 cars were damaged at the Auto Plaza.

"Building-wise, we are probably $200,000 or $300,000, inventory-wise, it's over $1 million so far," says Owens.

Along with businesses many homes saw damage.

"Probably about 2/3 of the homes in Fort Scott took some type of damage and we're putting our estimated at roughly $20 to $25 million, that doesn't include government buildings, schools churches, businesses - that number could easily double," says Terri Lynn Coop, the Emergency Management Director of Bourbon County.

The courthouse lost 66 window panes as well as roofing, air conditioning and weather units.

Coop says many had insurance but that doesn't mean that they don't need help.

"What we're discovering is a non trivial portion of the town doesn't have insurance and the county, this affected all of Bourbon County, not just Fort Scott," says Coop.

The county did not meet the criteria for FEMA assistance but in the next week officials hope to get a volunteer program together to help out the elderly and the disabled.

And by the end of next week the counties long term recovery committee hopes to be able to take donations.

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