Governor Recaps Recent Winter Storm

By: Stephanie Schultz
By: Stephanie Schultz

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Governor Sam Brownback thanked Kansans on Thursday for their role in helping crews clean up from the winter storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of the state.

Brownback said having people prepare for the storm and stay off the roads allowed work to proceed quickly and safely.

KDOT had 1,100 workers out operating 600 snow plows.

John Eichkorn, Kansas Highway Patrol Major, said there were 129 property damage accidents, 11 injury accidents and three fatalities during the storm.

"I talked to a Capitol Police Officer in the thick of it Tuesday night and we couldn't even get our patrol cars out of snow drifts," said Eichkorn. "We were using four wheel drive pickups."

"It's not over. Now we're going to have frigid conditions for a period of time and we're not going to see the snow melt for some period of time, so people need to continue to be cautious and careful looking forward," said Governor Sam Brownback.

Brownback also took time to compliment people for being "Kansas Nice" -- those who helped stranded cars, plowed sidewalks, and checked up on neighbors.


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