The April 14 tornado treated Spirit AeroSystems' buildings like they were made of aluminum foil. Layers were peeled-off and tossed all over the plant.
The storm debris ended-up at CDR North.
"Right after the storm, there were lines and we were backed-up and we were trying to get everybody through as quickly as possible," Cornejo and Sons' Morgan Koon said.
Koon says right after the storm, trucks were bringing-in hundreds of tons of trash a day. But things have slowed-down now.
"I think on average what we've been seeing is at least an increase of 50 tons a day," Koon said.
Spirit faced a big clean-up. According to the airplane parts-maker, the roof alone had 10 million square feet of damage. Twelve-thousand cubic yards of storm debris had to be picked-up. Plus, trash was hauled-off in 350 semi-truck loads.
That's small in comparison to the Greensburg tornado. The town hauled-off about 200-million cubic yards of storm debris. It took 55,000 truck loads. And, the debris filled two land-fills.
Back here in Wichita, there's still room in the CDR landfill after April's storm. Workers stay busy sorting storm debris, pulling-out household hazardous items like bleach containers and aerosol cans.
"Because storms don't pick-up things and drop them in nice piles, we're limited in what we can accept," Koon said.
Here are some more storm facts from Spirit:
- It took 91 hours before full-power was restored at the facility.
- So far, nearly five acres of roofing has been installed.
- And at one time, 19 cranes were on site, helping with the clean-up.