TOPEKA — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has waived some regulations and fees for motor carriers traveling to Texas to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Brownback issued an executive order Wednesday aimed at helping commercial vehicles that are “directly participating in relief and restoration” in areas of Texas affected by the hurricane.
“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Texas,” Brownback said in a news release. “Their neighbors here in Kansas are ready to assist.”
According to the release issued by Brownback’s office, the Kansas National Guard is on standby in case it is called to assist with relief efforts. Kansas also participates in the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.
Gubernatorial hopeful and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer praised neighbors working together on relief.
“We will continue working together to help the victims long after the floodwaters recede,” Colyer said.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on Friday as a Category 4 hurricane and has devastated parts of southeast Texas. Houston has seen historic levels of flooding as a result of the hurricane, and and 20 people have been killed, according to the Associated Press. Thousands have been displaced.
The floodwaters, however, started to recede Wednesday as Harvey made a second landfall — this time as a tropical storm — in Louisiana.