Kansas Guard Firefighters Will Help in Elwood

By: From 13 News
By: From 13 News

ELWOOD, Kansas -- The Kansas Division of Emergency Management has coordinated with the Kansas National Guard’s 190th Air Refueling Wing in Topeka to fill a request from the city of Elwood for a four-member Advanced Life Support Fire Engine Crew to support local authorities working on flood issues. The 190th firefighters will be taking their own equipment, but using the Elwood Fire Department vehicle.

Temperatures are expected to top 100 degrees in much of the state with heat indexes pushing those values a few degrees higher. These temperatures may be moderated by a slight chance of rain on Friday in some areas.

Currently, water levels along the Missouri River are trending downward slightly at most locations and are projected to continue downward slightly over the next several days. These levels may be affected due to slight chances of thunderstorms in the Northeast region of the state on Friday, as well as changes in water release rates from reservoirs in the Upper Missouri basin.

The Incident Command Post in Doniphan County has relocated to the Elwood Fire Station from Wathena.

Thirty-two Kansas Army National Guardsmen from the 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery remain on duty in Doniphan County to assist local authorities with security missions and evacuation operations, as needed.

Highway K-7 in Doniphan County remains closed from the city of Sparks to the Nebraska/Kansas state line due to high waters on the roadway and US-59 in Atchison County is closed over the Amelia Earhart Bridge to the junction of US-45 in Buchanan County, Mo., due to flooding on the Missouri side of US-59. For Kansas road information go online to www.KanDrive.org.

In Leavenworth County, the Union Pacific railroad tracks behind the Veterans Affairs hospital and northwest of Sherman Army Airfield at Fort Leavenworth were washed out. Four boxcars on the tracks to hold them in place were overturned.

The Department of Corrections levee in Leavenworth County has overtopped, affecting agricultural land and two support buildings.

The U.S. Coast Guard closed the Missouri River to all vessels traffic, including fishing and recreational boats, from mile marker 386 at Leavenworth northward to mile marker 811 near Gavins Point Dam in Yankton, S.D.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a health advisory for all portions of the Missouri River in Kansas, due to the dangers of high levels of pathogens as well as the entering swift moving water.


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