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County damage assessments ongoing; airport meets with tenants

Damage assessments by county and city officials today revealed numerous homes damaged in Leawood, some damage in Overland Park to homes and trees, and significant damage to hangars and small planes at Johnson County Executive Airport in Olathe.

According to the National Weather Service, preliminary assessments indicate damage in Olathe and Overland Park was due to straight line winds, not a tornado. Assessments of Leawood’s storm system by the National Weather Service are still underway. Approximately 46 homes were damaged in Leawood, according to the city’s damage assessment provided to the county.

The Johnson County Executive Airport was closed overnight and reopened to limited operations this morning allowing air traffic, but no public access due to concerns about safety of the damaged hangars. Building inspectors and structural engineers from Burns and McDonnell remain on site assessing the buildings.

Numerous small planes were damaged at the airport; however, officials have not determined the number. Five county hangars on the east side of the airport sustained damage and one was destroyed. Three other private hangar facilities also sustained some damage. Minor damage was sustained on some of the four county hangars on the west side of the airport. The county hangars are leased to businesses, groups and individuals. Each hangar can house up to 14 planes, however, it was unknown if planes were in each hangar.

Johnson County Airport Commission is working with tenants who lease the hangars to coordinate access to their items and areas over the next few days. 

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office, in coordination with the county’s public works and airport staff, continue to provide security during cleanup.

The county was under a tornado watch when the storm moved into the area Monday night.

“There were no tornado warnings for Johnson County and no reports of tornadoes from spotters in the field, so the outdoor warning sirens were not sounded in the county, which is our normal procedure,” Dan Robeson, county emergency management coordinator said.