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City Of Wichita Sustains $100K In Earthquake Damage

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Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell said today that the city sustained $100,000 in damages from recent earthquakes.

Longwell said at his weekly address that all of the damage could be traced to a pair of earthquakes that hit Wichita on Jan. 6. It includes foundation and drywall damage to two police substations as well as the Mid-America All-Indian Center. Other repairs will need to be made to concrete and masonry at Alford Library and to bricks at the Park Villa building.

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At least 10 water main breaks occurred in the days following the earthquakes. The breaks were repaired immediately and account for $60,000 of the total damages. The remaining $40,000 is for the structural damage, which will be repaired based on priority.

“Damage that has the potential to impact operations will be completed first, and damage that is deemed to be cosmetic will be completed last,” Longwell says.

Longwell said the total cost of the damage fell short of the city’s $250,000 earthquake insurance deductible and the cost for the repairs will be paid out of Wichita's regular operating budget.

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