The Kansas Division of Emergency Management State Emergency Operations Center remains activated at a 24/7 level as major flooding is occurring along the Missouri River in Doniphan and Atchison Counties. The SEOC is monitoring flooding conditions and providing support to Doniphan and Atchison counties. KDEM has two regional coordinators deployed to assist Doniphan county emergency management officials.
State agencies that have reported to the SEOC are Kansas Division of Emergency Management, Kansas National Guard, Office of the State Fire Marshal, Kansas Highway Patrol, Department for Children and Families, Kansas Department of Transportation, National Weather Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A liaison from FEMA has been requested to report to the SEOC today.
“The potential for flooding is high in several counties and we will do what we can to support the counties to protect the lives and property of the people we serve,” said Governor Laura Kelly.
The City of Elwood sounded their sirens on March 21 when the river level reached a 30 foot flood stage on the Missouri River at St. Joseph and strongly recommended evacuations. The river is anticipated to reach 32 feet at approximately 1 p.m. today.
There is a shelter open in Troy, 1225 Last Chance Road, which is currently sheltering six individuals.
A pet shelter has also been opened in Troy at the Doniphan County Fairgrounds, 211 N Boder St., and is providing care for more than 80 pets. The Kansas Department of Transportation delivered a pet sheltering trailer overnight to Troy to support an increased sheltering demand.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism currently has one air boat mobilized to support water rescue operations as necessary within Atchison and Elwood. A request has been made by the SEOC for two more teams to deploy.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal currently has one search and rescue task force in Elwood and is deploying as second.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is providing water pump support.
The Kansas Department of Transportation is providing four tractors to operate water pumps. KDOT has closed the following roads due to flooding: US-59 from Atchison, Kansas, into Missouri; K-7 from Sparks, Kansas, to the Nebraska line and the ramps off Highway 36 going into Elwood. Counties are reporting damaged road systems due to flooding. For updated road information go online to www.KanDrive.org or call 511 or online and mobile (http://511mm.ksdot.org).
The Kansas Highway Patrol has units in the area that are providing assistance to local law enforcement with evacuations, road blocks and other assistance as needed.
Gov. Kelly issued a state of disaster emergency declaration on March 15 for counties affected by flooding. The declaration authorizes the use of state resources and personnel to assist with response and recovery operations in affected counties that meet certain criteria.
The Kansas Division of Emergency Management is urging Kansans who wish to help the victims of the flooding, to donate money to a reputable voluntary, charitable or faith-based organization rather than collecting food, clothing or other goods.