Thursday, June 12 - the day after the storm. National Guard put in place a blockade for town. At 3PM residents were allowed in town, but only with ID and proof of residency. This blockade is located at the Chapman exit from I-70. The cars lined up for presumably miles north of the interchange. This is looking north.
Thursday, June 12 - National Guard members, manning the I-70 blockade. Our understanding was that blockades existed at all entrance points to the City. We knew firsthand even the backwoods routes were blocked, as my brother had tried accessing them.
Thursday, June 12 - National Guard blockade at north edge of City. Residents were only allowed in after recieving a wristband. Wristbands contained the home address and residents were to go directly to that address. Wristbands could only be obtained with ID and proof of residency. How would John, Michael and I get in without proof of residency?
Thursday, June 12 - about 3pm waiting to get through the blockade. Waiting for my mother to clear our access with the command post, National Guard, police and other security personnel members. You go, Laveta!
Thursday, June 12 - Accessing the damage at my parents' home. This maple tree split, blocking their driveway. This limb not only blocked the drive but was long enough to reach halfway across the front yard too.
Thursday, June 12 - The rest of the limb. The Yield Sign sits at the northwest corner of 8th & Glick. Note the severed limbs on trees in the upper left of the photo.
Thursday, June 12 - John Horner assessing the damage and how to best approach its removal. Note the broken limbs at the top of the tree.
Thursday, June 12 - Standing in front of my parents' home and facing due south on Glick Street. One+ block south was part of ground zero -- homes flattened, missing or twisted.
Thursday, June 12 - Facing southeast from my parents' home. Catty-corner, as it were. Again, only a few 100 feet and our family's story could be much different.
Thursday, June 12 - The Horner home. The house sits on an angle facing the northwest corner of 8th & Glick in Chapman. Needless to say, this should be a straight view of the home, with no trees or shrubbery visible. Note the "topped" tree located behind the home.
Thursday, June 12 - Thankfully the trees fell AWAY from the house, not towards it. Note the "lifted" shingles. This is the southwest side of the property.
Thursday, June 12 - Tree damage on front lawn and blocking driveway.
Thursday, June 12 - Horner home roof damage. Believe me, we're thankful this is the worst of it!
Thursday, June 12 - Horner home markings. The home was inventoried/assessed four times during the hours following the tornado. Thankfully this partially means 2 people, 0 injuries. Note the houseplants on their stands on the porch. Not moved as a result of the storm. Right where they were.
Thursday, June 12 - Tree uprooted from southwest corner of property. Another redbud bites the dust.
Thursday, June 12 - The power line had been de-anchored from the house - note the two holes on either side of the meter line. Crews were able to stabilize it and power was restored by 5pm on Thursday. Wow. Never expected that.
Thursday, June 12 - Beautiful old tree now topped. Tree is located in backyard. note several broken limbs which have yet to be dislodged.
Thursday, June 12 - Horner backyard. Between ice storm and tornado, chainlink fence finally relented. Limb never reached the house. Thank goodness.
Thursday, June 12 - To the naked eye, minor shingle damage on rear of home.
Thursday, June 12 - To the naked eyes, minor shingle damage on back of home.
Thursday, June 12 Evening - We're on our first walk around town to view other damage. Two vehicles at the Bellamy home, located immediately south across 8th Street from my parents' home.
June 12 - This home is located exactly one block south of my parents on Glick Street. This is the east view of the home. A carport area was located above the large stone columns.
June 12 - Looking east from corner of 7th & Glick towards the Elementary School. We're standing in the path but not dead center.
June 12 - The same home but the south side. An elderly couple lived here. They were home. Thankfully the home has a basement and they are safe. They stayed at the Nursing Home (makeshift shelter) on Wednesay evening.
June 12 - Looking west from 7th & Glick.
June 12 - East from 6th & Marshall Streets.
June 12 - Schlappy Home located on northeast corner of 5th & Broadway. This was a home I was in many times during my childhood and throughout high school.
June 12 - Looking east at 5th & Broadway. The Luthern Church is the limestone structure on the right side of the photo. The Schlappy home is/was immediately across the street -- out of photo on the left. We're in ground zero now.
June 12 - Chapman High School - rubble from the auditorium. The main entrance can be seen on the left side of the photo about halfway up. Note the bend of the tree.
June 12 - Facing northwest at generally 5th & Broadway. The Schlappy home rubble almost appears to sit on top of the minivan's roof. Note the van was damaged in the storm as well.
June 12 - The first sunset on the damage and debris. We're in the middle of the path.
June 12 - Facing north from 5th Street midway between Broadway and Glick. Immediately above and to the right of the car is the rubble of a home. The childhood home of my brother's classmate and friend. It's gone. The storm passed directly over it. Everyone survived. It had a basement.
June 12 - The east face of the Luthern Church. Some windows remain in tact. Severe roof damage.
June 12 - Facing north at 5th & Glick. This intersection is exactly 3 blocks south of my parents' home.
June 12 - Londeen's Funeral Home. If you did not know the business had been located there, the only way to guess would be the coffins that were part of the rubble. No services were planned or underway, thankfully. The owners lost their home, this business and had damage to their Hardware business, too. They were in New York visiting their son at the time of the storm.
June 12 - The United Methodist Church, or what's left of it. Best guess is that the sanctuary will have to be brought down and rebuilt. Hopefully the add-on (out of photo) will be salvagable.
June 12 - Sunset in Chapman.
June 12 - United Methodist Church, southeast corner of 5th & Sheeran.
June 12 - The west side of Sheeran between 5th & 6th Streets. This took the full brunt of the storm. This is the area where the storm victim was located.
June 12 - The parsonage for the United Methodist Church, located immediately north across the street from the church building itself.
June 12 - Sunset at Ground Zero, Chapman, Kansas
June 12 - United Methodist Church parsonage.
June 12 - Londeen's Hardware Store - back storage damage. The Londeen family was affected in three ways -- this store damage, the Funeral Home destroyed, their home leveled.
June 12 - Looking southwest from 6th & Marshall. Many, if not all, of the homes visible will have to be torn down.
June 12 - Facing west from 6th & Marshall.
June 12 - This home fared better than expected, at least from the outside. The homes across the street were destroyed. The Elementary School sits immediately north and was severely damaged. I grew up with the woman who lives here.
June 12 - This photo is the worst for me. This damage is horrendous. The lighting doesn't help. But you shouldn't see any of this. A view down this alleyway should only afford you thick tree canopies with but a window or two from a home peeking through.
June 12 - Chapman Elementary School. Wow. I always thought this building was indestructable. I was wrong. The roof is missing. The second level facing collapsed to the front steps, and a second story wall is missing on the south side (out of photo).
June 12 - Anyone missing a roof? Seriously, we couldn't figure that the roof went with any of the houses in the immediate area.
June 12 - Chapman Elementary School - face on. Note rubble on front steps, which should be the second story wall. I hope they can salvage the lion's share of the building.
June 12 - Chapman School District Media Center. This was built after I had graduated. It is located on the north end of the Junior High buildings. Needless to say, it's demolished.
June 12 - Chapman Junior High, cafeteria. Along the wall are the types of tables and benches which collapse into the wall. The tables were sucked out. The benches remain in the wall.
June 12 - Home located at southwest corner of 8th & Marshall. This house is two blocks east of my parents' home.
June 12 - United School District 473 District Offices.
June 12 - It took the tire and all.
June 12 - Concrete steps to no where.
June 12 - This home is located one block north and one block east of my parents' home. This home is another that I spent time in as a child. Thankfully their damage appears to be fixable.
June 12 - Which came first, the Yield sign or the tree?
June 12 - A home located three houses due east of my parents. This is the brother of a friend. Not the chimney appears to simply have been snapped off.
June 12 - Located just east of my parents. While hard to see, the tree is snapped in the middle and is actually laying on the home behind it.
June 12 - The home immediately south of my parents. The home appears to have escaped any significant damage but there is massive tree damage. A situation similar to my parents.
June 13 - Utility crews were active quickly. Electricity was expected to be restored to all residents within 72-96 hours of the storm.
June 13 - Chapman residents are proud. Many were heard to be telling others "check on my neighbor, they're worse than us." Flags were predominant around town.
June 12 - While there were flocks of gawkers, there were also many people hard at work -- removing belongings, cutting trees, hauling debris, towing cars, etc.
June 13 - Thank goodness for utility service repair workers. Sunup to sundown, they were erecting poles and restringing wires.
June 13 - That's my mom on the left. John and I are walking in front, trying to reconcile our memories with what our eyes are seeing now.
June 13 - Personnel were on hand immediately. Offering water. Offering assistance. Offering free meals. Later I was told they offered chainsaws, oil, pruners, saws, and other items.
June 13 - Many privately owned implements were brought into town to help with initial clean up, targeted at removing debris from streets and alley ways.
June 13 - Clearing the way.
June 12 - Debris and damage.
June 13 - The Schlappy home again. I can't imagine sorting through the debris and trying to salvage your home... nay, your life to that point.
June 13 - Utility service workers. The Luthern Church in the background.
June 13 - Service workers from all over were spotted. Security was provided by National Guard, Chapman police, Dickinson County Sheriffs, Kansas Highway Patrol, Ft. Riley Police and many, many others.
June 13 -This home is located immediately west of the Schlappy home, which was leveled. This home is also across the street to the north from the High School.
June 13 - Charles Horner, Pam Horner and Laveta Horner. Honestly, they're standing right in the middle of the path. Immediately behind them is the destruction of the center of the storm path.
June 13 - Lutheran Church. This limestone structure is a mainstay in town. I hope they will be able to salvage the structure and build around it. The church was filled with many stained glass windows which are lost forever.
June 13 - This home faces the High School along 5th Street. Note the tree is uprooted - not broken.
June 13 - This was the home of a Chapman historian, who passed away in the past year or so. I'm almost thankful she didn't leave to see the damage to the town. Note the debris pushed out of the street and to the curb areas.
June 13 - this view is on the west side of the High School, looking to the southwest - where the storm came from.
June 13 - Heading south on Logan. The stone structure is the gymnasium at the High School. All the windows are gone and large holes can be seen in the roof.
June 13 - Chapman High School gymnasium.
June 13 - Chapman High School gymnasium roof damage.
June 13 - Chapman High School, southwest entrance.
June 13 - Stripped bare.
June 13 - What remains of the Dickinson County Community High School structure.
June 13 - Home immediately west of the high school and immediately north of the Chapman High School Art Department.
June 13 - Debris in the High School parking lot. Yellow siding is everywhere!
June 13 - The Chapman High School Art Department.
June 13 - Chapman High School. This view looks to the east. What you should see is the edge of the building line, not the debris, trees, limbs, etc.
June 13 - Power lines down near the railroad tracks, which bisect the town from east to west.
June 13 - Panorama 1 -- Demolished home behind Chapman High School Art Department.
June 13 - Chapman High School Art Department, or formerly known as...
June 13 - Facing north on Logan - High School gymnasium visible on right.
June 13 - Chapman High School, or what's left of it.
June 13 - Headed east into town on the rail.
June 13 - Chapman High School.
June 13 - Charles & Laveta Horner, and John Horner. The taller structure behind the tree debris is the High School library.
June 13 - DCCHS -- Dickinson County Community High School. That's what the rock pillars used to commemorate.
June 13 - Classroom on the southeast corner of the High School building. For both John and I, this was Mr. Rawlins Junior History class.
June 13 - Chapman High School main entrance. The sign in the foreground used to announce the week's events.
June 13 - Chapman High School main entrance. Note the bent flagpole.
June 13 - Chapman High School - workers were already underway salvaging what they could from the school's interior.
June 13 - The Luthern Church is in the middle of the photo. Note the white/brown square structure beside it. That's a house which was ripped from its foundation and BOUNCED (yes, I said BOUNCED) against the church's wall.
June 13 - Chapman High School auditorium. Needless to say, I don't think Junior Class Play or Class Nigh will be happening here anytime soon.
June 13 - That's my dad talking to Sam, who is taking a break from cleaning up the debris from the Ag Science buildings at the High School.
June 13 - Remember the house that bounced? This is it? Note where the house is. Then note where the foundation is.
June 13 - This is the inside of the Luthern Church. The south side pews are in line with hymnals still in their holders. The north side doesn't look so nice. The flags are still in their holders at the altar. However, the walls were green but have been stripped white by the winds.
June 13 - Disaster Management Crews were out on Friday to mark each structure. The Luthern Church was deemed unsafe.
June 13 - My brother John gazing through the window into the Luthern Church interior.
June 13 - John and Pam with looks of bewilderment at the damage. The homes in the upper left of the photo are in ground zero of the storm.
June 13 - Headed east down 5th Street.
June 13 - Debris and damage.
June 13 - In the path. This home is unsafe and will have to be torn down.
June 13 - Debris and damage. Hard to see, but a truck is upended against the tree. Look through the blue truck's windows.
June 13 - Looking through to the path. There should be trees here! There should be homes here!!
June 13 - Looking north from 5th & Glick. A short three blocks from my parents' home.
June 13 - The Sanborn home. My brother and I both cared for this yard when growing up. Thank goodness Mrs. Sanborn isn't around to see this destruction.
June 13 - This area is where the fatality occurred. I believe her home is/was located behind the large tree trunk.
June 13 - The United Methodist Church sanctuary, or what remains of it.
June 13 - Wonder where services will be held?
June 13 - the west side of the 500 block of Sheeran. Not a pretty sight.
June 13 - The site formerly known as Londeen's Funeral Home. Note the caskets stacked near the sidewalk. Thankfully the Home was not handling any services or bodies at the time of the storm.
June 13 - This home is located immediately north of the Funeral Home.
June 13 - Another home demolished in the 500 block of Sheeran.
June 13 - This tree was ripped from the ground. However, we could not determine where it belonged. How far did it travel?
June 13 - Both cars totaled. Note the home in the background, it belongs to the Londeen family, who also owned the Funeral Home.
June 13 - Community Meeting, each day at 4pm.
June 13 - The community gathers for its first group update since the storm.
June 13 - A community meeting, the first time many see each other and talk.
June 13 - The community gathers for an update about... well... everything.
June 13 - the community awaits its update from city officials.
June 13 - Salvation Army, Red Cross and others are on-site to provide food and water for the community members gathered to await an announcement.
June 13 - the community gathers for its daily update.
June 13 - the City Attorney takes the trailer bed to update the citizens on various items.
June 13 - the citizens are informed by the City Attorney that the sirens did their job the night of the storm, but they're gone now. Patrol cars will use their sirens as storm warnings until new storm sirens are received and installed.
June 13 - Cars damaged in the parking lot at USD 473 District Gymnasium. The locker rooms at the gymnasium also serve as a storm shelter for city residents.
June 13 - Utility crews can be seen erecting poles in the distance. Also note the debris collected along the fence line.
June 13 - Yep, those are cars upturned. This field is located immediately east of the USD 473 District Gymnasium.
June 13 - the District Gymnasium parking lot was taken over as "command center" - for news organiations, safety and aid workers, emergency workers, National Guard, etc.
June 13 - Command Center. The towner along the left side of the photo is not normal.
June 13 - Utility work carries on. Note the debris. Pretty sure a fireplug isn't supposed to be sitting there. Not certain, but I can say I don't remember it being located there.
June 13 - Treeline damage in the distance.
June 13 - Eastern view of elementary school.
June 13 - Damage to District Gymnasium, southern side.
June 13 - District Gymnasium damage. This photo shows the area where the wrestling teams practice. Dedication. Determination.
June 13 - In the background is the Junior High "old gymnasium." The bare rafters should be its roof. The wall faces you. This piano had been wheeled out of the Elementary School and was awaiting delivery to a safe location.
June 13 - Inside the Chapman Elementary School.
June 13 - Inside Chapman Elementary. Michael was trying to cpature the waviness that was visible in the ceiling tiles.
June 13 - Chapman Elementary School. Up those stairs would have been the "open air" area as a result of the tornado.
June 13 - Chapman Elementary - main hallway to the front door.
June 13 - Chapman Elementary - given damage on the second floo, this classroom had relatively controlled chaos.
June 13 - Chapman Elementary. The second floor debris was removed from the front steps to allow school personnel to enter and salvage what was possible.
June 13 - In addition to the damage to the school structures, the school system also incurred huge tree damage.
June 13 - Home located immediately west of the Elementary School location.
June 13 - Does it help if we show you the roof's contents?
June 13 - What about the backside? Does that help you figure out where it bleongs?
June 13 - this home was ripped off its foundations. As you can see, the house itself is labeled as a collapse hazard.
June 13 - That's my sister-in-law, Pam.
June 13 - I think they may find it difficult to sell the home now.
June 13 - This home didn't appear to be damaged from the west side. From the front you can clearly see it's got a support issue.
June 13 - I can't even identify this home... too much is missing from it and the surrounding are too unfamiliar now to help me.
June 13 - This is one block due south of my parents, looking to the northwest. The house immediately behind the trees has been demolished.
June 13 - This is one block due south of my parents looking to the northeast. The Elementary School is a short two blocks to the east of this intersection.
June 13 - This is the Caey's General Store located on the north edge of the city limits.
June 13 - Another view of the Casey's damage.
I've put this map in to help orient the viewer. This is by no means an accurate representation of the tornado path, but it is a good go-by for the photos.