TOPEKA – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback met this afternoon with Maj. General (KS) Lee Tafanelli, Kansas Adjutant General and Emergency Management Director and KDEM staff for an update on the potential flooding impact in Northeast Kansas along the Missouri River. The briefing was in response to the U.S. Corp of Engineers decision to again increase outflow from the Gavins Point Dam and media reports of water being released from Canadian reservoirs and flooding towns in North Dakota.
“We are beginning to get close to major flood stage levels in a number of areas of Northeast Kansas. The increased outflows will make their way down the Missouri River to our state in four days and that is very concerning. I encouraged Kansans living near the river to heed the warning if their local emergency responders ask them to evacuate,” Governor Brownback said. “We are carefully monitoring the levees along the river and so far, there are no confirmed breaches. I am pleased with the level of cooperation between KDEM, local emergency responders and federal officials. We have had time to review the response plans, identify potential gaps and address those gaps.”
The U.S. Corp of Engineers increased the outflow at Gavins Point Dam from 150,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 155,000 cfs today and will increase it to 160,000 cfs on Thursday because of the heavy rainfall happening upstream from the dam.
Governor Brownback and Maj. General (KS) Tafanelli also held a conference call with Wyandotte County government leaders and emergency responders to learn about their areas of concern and the action plans they have in place should their county experience any flooding.