Kansas Seeks Federal Help for Drought, Storms

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for assistance with damage from recent spring storms and lingering drought conditions.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius sent a request to FEMA asking that 49 counties be declared a federal disaster from storms that hit the state from May 22 through June 16. Those storms included the tornadoes that hit Chapman and Manhattan.

In addition, Sebelius is asking the Agriculture Department to declare six counties in southwest Kansas disaster areas because of exceptional drought conditions.

Farmers and ranchers would be eligible for low-interest loans, plus any aid available under the disaster provisions of the new federal farm bill.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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