Sedgwick County storm damage could total $283M

WICHITA, Kan. - Broken trees and downed power lines could be seen for blocks in the Wichita neighborhood of Oaklawn and throughout the path of the destructive EF-3 tornado that ripped through the landscape late Saturday night.

Sunday morning, Kansas governor Sam Brownback declared a state of emergency in Kansas to open the gateway for federal aid to help repair what the tornadoes destroyed.

Damage throughout the state has been estimated at $283 million.

Brian Davis owns Davis Liquor Outlet in Wichita at 3331 E. 47th Street.

He was at home in his basement Saturday night when he realized one of his four liquor stores was in the path of the tornado.

"I came over here about 2:00 a.m. and I knew it was bad," Davis said.

High winds ripped the rooftop air conditioning unit from his building along with insulation and roofing materials.

The storm left a gapping whole in his store and rain water on the floor, along with hundreds of broken bottels of wine and liquor.

"We don't have any broken windows." Davis said. "All of our damage is from the roof. You can look up and see daylight."

Davis said he and his five employees will definitely have a lot of time off as the store is repaired, but he's thankful that no one was hurt.

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