Brownback Declares State Of Emergency

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Gov. Sam Brownback got a firsthand look at the state's efforts to clear highways amid the winter storm that has closed schools and state government offices. Earlier in the day, he issued a disaster declaration for the entire state.

Brownback hopped aboard a Kansas Department of Transportation snowplow Tuesday afternoon to observe snow removal on Interstate 70 west of Topeka.

Brownback said he rode the KDOT plow to observe snow removal firsthand. He planned to travel about 15 miles on I-70 to the exit for the town of Maple Hill, then return to Topeka for a late-afternoon briefing at the State Emergency Operations Center.

Afterwards, he headed over to the state's emergency operations center where he told workers his disaster declaration will allow the state to better move personnel and resources where they are needed.

In addition, he's calling on the Kansas National Guard to transport emergency personnel and assist stranded drivers.

Brownback said road conditions are bad and their getting worse, already the Kansas Highway Patrol reports two people were killed in a crash in Crawford Co.

The Governor said he'll decide by 8:00 p.m. if the state offices will open on Wednesday.