Several north central and northwest Kansas counties have been added to a state disaster declaration for public assistance, according to a press release from the Kansas National Guard’s Adjutant General’s Department.

At the request of Gov. Laura Kelly, Ness, Osborne, Smith and Wallace counties were added along with Brown, Stafford and Wyandotte to a disaster declaration approved by President Donald Trump on June 20. The declaration provides public assistance funds for restoration of public infrastructure and associated costs due to flooding and tornado damage.

"With each damage assessment, we are getting a clearer picture of just how much the severe storms and flooding we experienced earlier this year affected Kansans all across the state," Kelly said. "This federal disaster declaration will do much to help these counties restore the roads, bridges and other infrastructure we all depend on."