15th anniversary of costly Kansas ice storm

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Saturday marked the 15th anniversary of the third-worst ice storm in the state of Kansas.

The storm started the morning of Jan. 4, 2005 and lasted through the afternoon of Jan. 5, 2005. The storm covered almost all of the state with ½ to 2 inches of ice, said the National Weather Service in Wichita.

An incredible amount of damage was done to trees, some even splitting and falling onto roadways. Power outages were a widespread problem for many homes, and many towns experienced outages lasting up to two weeks.

According to the National Weather Service, the ice storm created an estimated $72 million worth of damage around the state. The storm claimed four lives.


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