KDEM News

19-029 Update to flood response

Seven additional counties have been added to the state disaster declaration signed by Gov. Laura Kelly May 9 for flooding. The additions are Chautauqua, Clay, Comanche, Coffey, Franklin, Jefferson, and Montgomery. Counties included in the declaration are: Anderson, Barber, Barton, Butler, Chase, Cherokee, Clark, Cloud, Cowley, Crawford, Dickinson, Doniphan, Elk, Geary, Greenwood, Harvey, Kingman, Lincoln, Lyon, Marion, McPherson, Meade, Morris, …

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State Emergency Operations Center activated for flood response

In response to widespread torrential rainfall, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management activated the State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka at approximately 9 p.m. May 8 to monitor flooding and provide assistance to local jurisdictions, as requested. Governor Laura Kelly issue a state of disaster emergency declaration this morning due to severe storms and flooding for the following counties: Barber, …

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Kansas Army National Guard helicopters deploy for potential wildland fire assistance

Due to a high threat index for wildland fires over the next several days, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management has asked the Kansas Army National Guard to deploy six UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to several locations within the state to assist local fire departments, as needed. The helicopters are equipped with collapsible 660-gallon buckets used to draw water from …

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Afternoon update to flooding in Northeast Kansas

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) remains activated at a 24/7 level as major flooding is occurring along the Missouri River in Doniphan and Atchison Counties. A flash flood warning remains in effect for Doniphan County until 9:45 p.m. A flood warning is in effect for Doniphan, Wyandotte, and Leavenworth Counties. The SEOC is monitoring …

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Update to flooding in Northeast Kansas

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 …

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Two counties added to federal disaster declaration

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management has been notified that two additional Kansas counties have been added to a federal disaster declaration for Kansas dated Feb. 25, 2019. The counties added to FEMA-4417-DR declaration are Barber and Ottawa. Counties named in the original declaration are Anderson, Barton, Cowley, Doniphan, Greenwood, Harvey, Kingman, Neosho, Pratt, Reno, Rice, and Sumner Counties. These …

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19-009 Governor will sign Severe Weather Awareness proclamation March 1

2018 was a pretty good year, as far as weather disasters go. Although 45 tornadoes were recorded in the state, there were no deaths attributed to any of these storms. 2017 was even better, with 60 documented tornadoes and no deaths. Credit for these achievements can be attributed in some measure to early warnings, storms spotters and public preparedness. To …

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19-008 KDEM will activate State Emergency Operations Center for winter storm

Moderate to heavy snow and near-blizzard conditions are possible with a winter storm system that is forecast for this weekend. The storm system will begin to affect western Kansas tonight and spread eastward across the state through tomorrow. Current forecast predictions indicate that there will be a mixture of rain, freezing rain or drizzle before the snow begins across portions …

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Weekend winter storm forecast for Kansas

A winter storm system is forecast to descend across Kansas Friday and Saturday with snowfall averaging between one to four inches in most regions of the state.  Heavier snowfall is forecast for far northeast Kansas.  Gusty winds, cold temperatures and wind chills are expected across much of the state.  Slick roads are possible with low visibility at times. The Kansas …

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Winter storm system heading for Northwest, North Central Kansas

A winter storm system is forecast to hit portions of Northwest and North Central Kansas overnight tonight, with the most intense part of the storm beginning approximately 3 a.m. Saturday morning through mid-day with snow and extreme blowing snow that will limit visibility on affected Kansas roadways. The greatest area of concern will be along the Kansas/Colorado/Nebraska border south to …

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