The following is a diary of sorts that I wrote during and updated in the several weeks after this devastating storm:
In a seven minute period around 12:30 AM Thursday morning, KC,MO fire dispatchers put out a multiple-company response regular-alarm a minute.
Fire department water tanker trucks from SOUTH METRO in RAYMORE and BELTON, MO stood by in KC,MO fire stations until pressure was restored just after midnight.
Combined totals in JACKSON County MO. were around $34 million. KC,MO. estimate was approaching $20 million, INDEPENDENCE officials said $7 million, RAYTOWN reported a figure of nearly $3 million.
An explosion and fire Monday in KC,MO. injures three people. The incident is at the Stratco Company in the 6000 block of Manchester Trafficway and the cause is attributed to that other than the storm.
Mark Robinson was the badly-injured firefighter ... just four months out of the fire academy. Robinson reportedly took off his mask and breathed in heated, toxic gasses.
The other injured man, acting Captain Walter Flathers, suffers less-severe inhalation problems while assisting Robinson out of the house. Both suffered some burns.