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Chapman Kansas Tornado

Updated on May 23, 2015

Chapman, Kansas Tornado - June 11, 2008

On the night of June 11, 2008, a powerful tornado ripped through Chapman, Kansas. Much of the town was severely damaged, including all of the school buildings.

Nearly seven years have passed since that devastating night in June 2008. The schools have been rebuilt and the town has returned to a state of normalcy. Photos and videos of the Chapman, KS tornado damage can be seen below. You will also find information about Chapman, Kansas in general.

Photo by Paul Franciskato

The Spirit of the Fighting Irish

The strength of the community of Chapman, Kansas can be seen in the determination to rebuild and survive as a small rural town. While the tornado of June 11, 2008 left the town's schools, churches, and many homes in ruins, the spirit of the Fighting Irish remains strong!

The task of rebuilding Chapman, KS was not a single-handed process. Many businesses and neighboring Kansas communities played a significant part in restoring the livelihood of this small Kansas town. The town of Chapman, Kansas also received national recognition on the TV program, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, featuring the story of one Chapman family and the rebuilding of their home.

Photos of Chapman, KS Tornado Damage - Chapman, Kansas Schools

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Tornado Damage at Chapman Middle School - photographed in September 2008 by Paul Franciskato.Chapman Middle School Entry Tornado Damage - photographed in September 2008 by Paul Franciskato.Tornado Damage at Chapman Elementary - photographed in September 2008 by Paul Franciskato.Tornado Damage at Chapman High School - photographed in September 2008 by Paul Franciskato.Tornado Damage at Chapman High School - photographed in September 2008 by Paul Franciskato.
Tornado Damage at Chapman Middle School - photographed in September 2008 by Paul Franciskato.
Tornado Damage at Chapman Middle School - photographed in September 2008 by Paul Franciskato.
Chapman Middle School Entry Tornado Damage - photographed in September 2008 by Paul Franciskato.
Chapman Middle School Entry Tornado Damage - photographed in September 2008 by Paul Franciskato.
Tornado Damage at Chapman Elementary - photographed in September 2008 by Paul Franciskato.
Tornado Damage at Chapman Elementary - photographed in September 2008 by Paul Franciskato.
Tornado Damage at Chapman High School - photographed in September 2008 by Paul Franciskato.
Tornado Damage at Chapman High School - photographed in September 2008 by Paul Franciskato.
Tornado Damage at Chapman High School - photographed in September 2008 by Paul Franciskato.
Tornado Damage at Chapman High School - photographed in September 2008 by Paul Franciskato.

Be Prepared for Severe Weather with a Weather Radio!

It's a good idea to be prepared before severe weather arrives. You can be aware of approaching storms and severe weather alerts with your own weather radio!

Where is Chapman, Kansas? - Dickinson County Kansas

The town of Chapman, KS is located in Dickinson County and is roughly in the northcentral/northeastern part of the state. Visit the interactive Google Map below to find an address or to simply browse.

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Did You Experience the Chapman Tornado?

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      JessicaER LM 4 years ago

      I lived only 5 miles away from Chapman when that tornado hit. We went to a friends basement, and they had a police scanner. It still brings tears to my eyes to think of all we heard that night over that scanner.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Michael, how is your family doing now in FL? What part of FL are you now living in? Have you been back to Chapman since the storm? Sincerely, Sue

      Indianapolis, IN

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes there were both many good and sad memories of Chapman Ks and one day maybe you 3 girls and myself will make a trip down memory lane and go out there I would love it...and to be with you all again

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My favorite memories are of Chapman Kansas, where I grew up as a child. Though it was cut short, I can remember riding bikes in the rain with my sisiters and walking the streets, going to the cafe after school.Our house on Logan and 6th survived the tornado. My dad actually went there this week and took pics of it. One day ,my 2 sisiters and I will visit too. Although it has been 27 years, there are no words to decribe my feelings of sorrow and happinesss combined that I think of when I think of Chapman KS>>>>>

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      queen2010 5 years ago

      Great lens, and thank you for visiting my site...I appreciate it so much

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i can't believe the town i went to kindergarten ran the streets played in the creek is gone . i can't believe it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My dad had been stationed at Fort Riley military base for years and lived in Chapman, Ks. His home was completely destroyed in the tornado. Our family is from Indianapolis so we aren't new to tornadoes. I as a kid, and my family experienced two others growing up one in Indy and the other when we lived in Dallas. But Chapman tornado was the worst much of the town was gone many military families losing everything, out of our friends most had to move back to their home states because they could not rebuild on what insurance money gave... we now live in Florida where we could buy a home for what we had. It's been a struggle not only for us but everyone..

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I live far from Chapman in an area that doesn't have tornadoes, but I've always found them fascinating. I'm sure it is much less fascinating if one destroys your home or if someone you know is killed or injured.

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      I did not experience this tornado or know anyone who did. I do have a cousin who's two week old baby was picked up by a tornado that destroyed the mobile home she was sleeping in. The tornado carried the baby and dropped her in someone's yard two blocks away. She was physically unhurt but had screaming nightmares for a long time after. This was in Oklahoma. You mid-westerners are made of courageous stuff!