Storms abating, but state response operations continue

May 1, 2017 | By mlucht

5/1/2017 Contact: Public Affairs Office- Catherine Horner Email: (785) 646-1192

The State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka remained at a partial activation level overnight to assist with response operations for the blizzard in western Kansas and flooding in the southeast.

Fourteen National Guard Stranded Motorist Assistance Recovery Teams operated from seven locations in northwest and southwest Kansas throughout the night. They conducted more than 40 missions assisting stranded motorists.

SMART teams will continue to operate today out of Colby, Lakin, Liberal, Norton, Scott City and Syracuse. The Kansas National Guard armories in Colby and Norton are open as warming centers for stranded motorists.

I-70 has been reopened, but many other Kansas highways in the western third of the state remain snow covered or impassible and closed. Approximately 35,000 customers are still without power in the northwest and southwest regions of the state. Snow accumulations are slowing efforts to restore power.

Flood warnings for Northeast and Southeast Kansas are still in effect for multiple counties along and near the Missouri border. Many flood-affected areas are beginning to see waters recede.