Sen. Moran in Topeka to prep for possible Federal aid request

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) U.S. Senator Jerry Moran was in Topeka Saturday to learn how the state was responding to recent flooding and severe weather, and gather facts should Kansas need his help requesting Federal aid.

Moran received a briefing from FEMA, and Army Corps of Engineers and the National Weather Service at the Kansas Dept. of Emergency Operations Center Saturday morning. 

In that meeting, Moran said he learned the state is handling current flooding and disaster response situation well, and agencies across Kansas are properly equipped to do what's necessary to continue to deal with issues as they arise. 

Moran told the media that based on the information he's seen, he expects there to be enough damage across the state to warrant the declaration of a National Emergency. 

"I know the Governor has been briefed, and you have to have facts and figures to request a National Disaster Declaration, but on my own observation...I would guess that at some point in time there may be a request for help from the Federal Government with a Declaration of a National Emergency," said Moran.  

Moran said should that request be made, his visit makes him much more capable to make the case to the President and the administration. 

Kansas Adj. General Maj. Lee Tafanelli said what's unique about this situation is the size. Tafanelli said 46 counties, which covers nearly half of the state are currently having flooding issues.