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

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, …

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19-042 SEOC begins third week of activation for storms and floods

Two weeks after its activation, the State Emergency Operations Center remains activated 24/7 to monitor flooding affecting the state. Several states are providing response and recovery support to assist Kansas through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a multistate, mutual-aid agreement that facilitates interstate assistance for large-scale disasters. States currently supporting Kansas operations are Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, …

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19-040 Additional counties added to federal emergency declaration

The State Emergency Operations Center continues to remain activated 24/7 to monitor flooding impacting the state. Fifteen additional Kansas counties have been added to a federal emergency declaration for Kansas.  The counties added to FEMA-3412-EM are Allen, Doniphan, Dickinson, Douglas, Geary, Jefferson, Leavenworth, Linn, Lyon, Marshall, Morris, Pottawatomie, Riley, Saline, and Wabaunsee. The 18 counties originally named in the federal …

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19-039 Disaster response update: State keeping close watch on river levels

The State Emergency Operations Center continues to keep close watch on water levels for areas with elevated flooding concerns and precipitation affecting reservoir catchments. These areas include Tuttle Creek, Milford, Perry, and John Redmond reservoirs. “Today I surveyed Tuttle Creek and Sabetha Watershed with Kansas Division of Emergency Management officials,” said Governor Laura Kelly. “We are closely watching the water …

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19-038 Disaster response update: State gets brief respite from storms

Kansans will see a brief lull in the severe weather system that has hammered the state since May 20, giving response and recovery efforts a little breathing room, although a new round of storms is expected to develop over the weekend in some areas as flood waters from the upper Missouri Basin reach the state. Water levels and release rates …

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19-037 Update: Multiple tornadoes strike state; seven counties added to disaster declaration

Douglas, Ellsworth, Harper, Leavenworth, Phillips, Russell and Washington Counties have been added to the state disaster proclamation signed by Gov. Laura Kelly, bringing the total to 56 counties. Other counties in the declaration are Allen, Anderson, Barber, Barton, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Clark, Clay, Cloud, Coffey, Comanche, Cowley, Crawford, Dickinson, Doniphan, Elk, Franklin, Geary, Greenwood, Harvey, Hodgeman, Jefferson, Kingman, Lincoln, …

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19-036 Flood response update: Water levels being watched

Kansas state agencies continue their response to severe weather, heavy rains and flooding that has hit the state over the past week. The State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka was activated May 20 and will remain activated to monitor weather conditions across the state and respond to requests for assistance. “Kansas is facing historic flooding due to record rainfall during …

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19-034 Flood Response Update: Marshall County added to governor’s declaration

Marshall County has been added to the state of disaster declaration signed by Kelly on May 9 which brings the total to 47 counties. The declaration also includes: Anderson, Barber, Barton, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Clark, Clay, Cloud, Coffey, Comanche, Cowley, Crawford, Dickinson, Doniphan, Elk, Franklin, Geary, Greenwood, Harvey, Jefferson, Kingman, Lincoln, Lyon, Marion, McPherson, Meade, Montgomery, Morris, Neosho, Osage, …

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19-035 Flood Response Update: Two more counties added to governor’s declaration

Hodgeman and Linn Counties have been added to the state of disaster declaration signed by Governor Laura Kelly on May 9, bringing the total to 49 counties. The declaration also includes: Allen, Anderson, Barber, Barton, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Clark, Clay, Cloud, Coffey, Comanche, Cowley, Crawford, Dickinson, Doniphan, Elk, Franklin, Geary, Greenwood, Harvey, Jefferson, Kingman, Lincoln, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, …

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19-033 Flood response update: KDEM submits EMAC request

The State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka remained activated overnight to monitor weather conditions across the state and respond to requests for assistance due to widespread severe storms and flooding. It will remain activated 24/7 until further notice. The Kansas Division of Emergency Management sent out a request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact for an Advance Team to assist …

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