Gov. Kathleen Sebelius declared 11 Kansas counties disaster areas.
Wednesday's declaration covers Anderson, Butler, Chase, Cowley, Greenwood, Harper, Harvey, Lyon, Russell, Sedgwick and Sumner counties. They are the areas most affected by floods that began September 11th.
“Although people often think of tornadoes as the big destructive force of nature in Kansas, floods can be just as damaging, if not more so,” Sebelius said in a statement. “While tornadoes are generally limited in scope, floods affect many, many square miles, destroying or damaging roads, bridges, power lines and other vital infrastructure. I am signing this declaration to help these county governments quickly restore that infrastructure and get things back to normal for their citizens as quickly as possible.”
Sebelius said local damage assessments are still being worked on. She says federal assistance may be requested as that information comes in.
The Governor will request FEMA to begin joint damage assessments.