Damage assessments are underway at Johnson County Executive Airport continue after strong storms moved through the county Monday night around 8:30 p.m.
"The airport reopened to air traffic with limited operations before 9 this morning," said county manager Hannes Zacharias.
The airport is not open to the public because of safety reasons. Olathe building inspectors and structural engineers from Burns and McDonnell are on site assessing the buildings.
Most of the damage to hangar buildings and planes is on the east side of the airport. Some damage occurred in hangars on the west side of the complex.
“The county Emergency Operations Center was activated early Monday afternoon to monitor the storms moving into the county,” emergency manager Dan Robeson said. “Storm spotters were deployed throughout the county and the EOC was in contact with the National Weather Service throughout the event. There were no tornado warnings issued for Johnson County and no reports of tornadoes from county storm spotters. However, Emergency Management was made aware of damage and worked with city and county partners to assess the damage overnight.”
“As there were no tornado warnings for Johnson County and no reports of tornadoes from spotters in the field, the outdoor warning sirens were not sounded in the county,” Robeson said.
The Johnson County Sheriff's Office, in coordination with the county’s public works and airport staff, secured the area late Monday and will continue to provide security during clean up.
According to the National Weather Service, preliminary assessments indicate damage in Olathe and Overland Park was due to straight line winds, not a tornado.
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 (not a warning) when the storm moved into the area Monday night.