Governor seeks disaster funding after blizzards
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas officials are seeking a federal disaster declaration for 23 counties, including several in northwest Kansas, that were impacted by severe winter storms in February.
Gov. Sam Brownback sent a letter on Wednesday to President Barack Obama seeking assistance to help the counties recover from the storms and cover cleanup costs for snow and debris removal. The storms brought heavy snow and high winds across much of the state from Feb. 20 through Feb. 23.
Preliminary damage assessments put the cost of the storms at $4.4 million. If approved, a federal declaration would make funds available to state and local governments and certain nonprofit organizations.
The declaration is sought for Barber, Barton, Dickinson, Ellis, Franklin, Harper, Hodgeman, Kingman, Marion, McPherson, Ness, Osage, Osborne, Pawnee, Phillips, Pratt, Rice, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Smith, Stafford and Sumner counties.