Gov. Sam Brownback has declared a State of Disaster Emergency for 62 counties affected by recent severe storms, flooding and flash floods starting July 22.
According to the Governor’s Office, “These floods have damaged roads, bridges and other vital infrastructure across most of the state,” said Brownback. “These need to be repaired as quickly as possible so everyone can get back to business as usual.”
Named in the declaration are Allen, Anderson, Barber, Barton, Bourbon, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Clark, Clay, Cloud, Coffey, Comanche, Cowley, Crawford, Dickinson, Edwards, Elk, Ellsworth, Finney, Ford, Geary, Gray, Greenwood, Hamilton, Harper, Harvey, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearney, Kingman, Kiowa, Labette, Lane, Linn, Lyon, Marion, McPherson, Meade, Montgomery, Morris, Neosho, Ness, Ottawa, Pawnee, Pratt, Reno, Republic, Rice, Rush, Russell, Saline, Scott, Sedgwick, Seward, Stafford, Stanton, Sumner, Wichita, Wilson, and Woodson Counties.
The Governor issued the proclamation under the authority granted by the Kansas Emergency Management Act. The declaration activates the disaster response and recovery portions of the Kansas Response Plan, authorizing state resources and funds to expedite emergency assistance statewide.