19-043 Update to disaster response: Three counties added to governor’s disaster proclamation; river levels trending downward

June 4, 2019 | By slarson

Atchison, Bourbon and Ford Counties were added to the state disaster proclamation signed by Governor Laura Kelly May 9 which brings the total to 63. Counties currently named in the declaration are: Allen, Anderson, Barber, Barton, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Clark, Clay, Cloud, Coffey, Comanche, Cowley, Crawford, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Edwards, Elk, Ellsworth, Franklin, Geary, Gray, Greenwood, Harper, Harvey, Hodgeman, Jefferson, Kingman, Leavenworth, Lincoln, Linn, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Meade, Montgomery, Morris, Nemaha, Neosho, Norton, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Phillips, Pottawatomie, Pratt, Reno, Rice, Riley, Rush, Russell, Saline, Sumner, Wabaunsee, Washington, Wilson, and Woodson. Thirty-three Kansas counties are now included an emergency federal disaster declaration from President Donald Trump. These counties are Allen, Anderson, Butler, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Coffey, Cowley, Crawford, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Elk, Franklin, Geary, Greenwood, Harvey, Jefferson, Leavenworth, Linn, Lyon, Marshall, Montgomery, Morris, Neosho, Osage, Pottawatomie, Reno, Riley, Saline, Sumner, Wabaunsee, Wilson, and Woodson. An emergency declaration supplements state and local government efforts for required emergency measures to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe through direct federal assistance for emergency protective measures. "While we hope for relief from the weather in the near future, we must continue to monitor our rivers and reservoirs," Governor Laura Kelly said. "Many people face a long recovery as they try to salvage their homes and possessions. I want to assure Kansans that we are doing everything we can to help them through these difficult situations and speed them on the road to recovery." River and lake levels continue a downward trend in Kansas as the State Emergency Operations Center remains activated 24/7 to monitor flooding affecting the state. Perry Reservoir is releasing water at 10,000 cubic feet per second with a target of reducing the flood pool to 80 percent of its capacity, a little more than one foot below current level. Tuttle Creek is releasing water at 30,000 cfs; with a target of reducing the flood pool approximately 5.5 feet below current level. The target pool level is eight inches below the current elevation. The pool level has lowered six inches over the past 24 hours. Milford is releasing at 4,000 cfs and Kanopolis is releasing at 2,000 cfs with an anticipated increase to 3,000 cfs over the next two days. The Verdigris River has seen decreases, with minor flooding levels in Independence and Coffeyville. The levees along the Verdigris River near Coffeyville continue to be watched. Lakeside Village in Jefferson County is without water supply as a result of flooding. The Kansas National Guard, in partnership with Fort Rileys 1st Infantry Division and the Nebraska National Guard, will be transporting six HIPPOs (Load Handling System Compatible Water Tank Racks) to the community to fill their pump house to supply their water system. A liaison officer has also been sent to the area to coordinate with local officials. All American Red Cross shelters are currently closed. Ten shelters are on standby. All pet shelters have been closed with four on standby. The Kansas State Animal Response Team is supporting pet shelter needs, as needed.