A day after Gov. Kathleen Sebelius sent a letter to the President, Congressman Jerry Moran and the Kansas delegation Thursday asked President Bush to declare a federal disaster area for 60 counties in Kansas.
The request is on behalf of areas that suffered extensive damage during a mid-December ice storm. A Presidential declaration will provide federal assistance for disaster relief and emergency assistance.
“The December storms left nearly 200,000 Kansans without power,” Moran said in a statement. “The damage was extensive and debris can still be seen in numerous Kansas communities. The federal declaration will assist city and county government with clean-up efforts and support rural electric cooperatives in repairing power lines.”
Counties included in the request are: Atchison, Barber, Barton, Brown, Butler, Chase, Cherokee, Clark, Clay, Cloud, Comanche, Crawford, Dickinson, Doniphan, Edwards, Ellis, Ellsworth, Ford, Geary, Graham, Harvey, Hodgeman, Jackson, Jefferson, Jewell, Kingman, Kiowa, Labette, Leavenworth, Lincoln, Lyon, McPherson, Marion, Marshall, Miami, Mitchell, Morris, Nemaha, Osage, Osborne, Ottawa, Pawnee, Phillips, Pottawatomie, Pratt, Reno, Republic, Rice, Riley, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Saline, Sedgwick, Shawnee, Smith, Stafford, Wabaunsee, Washington and Woodson.