Kansas Flood Update

With no Kansas River currently at flood stage, residents of communities hit by the floods of late June and early July are returning home to begin recovery and local authorities are taking back more of the responsibilities of day to day operations.

The Kansas National Guard security mission in Coffeyville has been stood down. Approximately 146 Kansas National Guardsmen from various units have been assisting local law enforcement officers with security in the aftermath of flooding that began in late June.

Initially, soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery were deployed to handle this mission. Later, some of those personnel were rotated with other Guardsmen from the same unit and from the 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery; 1st Battalion, 635th Armor and 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation. All security personnel have been released from state active duty.

Currently, three soldiers of the 287th Sustainment Brigade and three soldiers from Joint Forces Headquarters Kansas, along with four airmen from Joint Forces Headquarters Kansas remain on duty conducting command and control operations in Topeka and Wichita.

Staff members of the Kansas Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection program are making preparations to begin food inspections in flood-affected areas of Montgomery County.

The objective of the inspections is to ensure production, retail, wholesale and distribution of safe and wholesome food supplies and oversee the proper disposal of any contaminated food products. Inspectors will provide information needed to help businesses return to operations as soon as possible.

KDA Food Inspection Program will notify the Montgomery County Public Health Department when inspectors arrive in the area and when the inspection process concludes.

Tetanus Shots are available at the Montgomery County Health Department at 908 S. Walnut in Coffeyville and at 209 E. Laurel in Independence, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Tetanus shots are free. Call 620-251-4210 in Coffeyville, or 620-331-4300 in Independence.

FEMA has distributed $665,000 as of July 12 in Montgomery County
490 total structures were placarded as to July 11
Red Cross has processed 459 disaster assistance applications
FEMA has received 460 applications
Lions Club took over 350 disaster applications and issued 157 vouchers
1,041 claims have been filed with Coffeyville Resources
Vital Statistics/Independence Public Meeting
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is providing Vital Statistics support at the Coffeyville Disaster Recovery Center. In addition, KDHE will be conducting a public meeting on July 12 to discuss health and safety concerns for those working in their flooded homes. The meeting will be held at the Independence High School Cafeteria, 1301 N. 10th Street from 7 - 9 p.m.

FSA Emergency Loans
The Kansas Farm Service Agency is making emergency loans available to help qualified producers recover from production and physical losses due to the severe storms and flooding on June 26, 2007 and continuing in Elk, Miami, Montgomery, Neosho, and Wilson counties. Contiguous counties are also eligible.

Eligible loan funds may be used to restore or replace essential property and pay production costs associated with the disaster year. Applicants can borrow up to 100 percent of actual production or physical losses not to exceed $500,000. The current rate for these low interest loans is 3.75 percent.

Producers must meet eligibility requirements and not be able to obtain credit from a commercial lender. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. Producers have until March 5, 2008, to apply for an emergency loan.

Boil Water Orders Lifted
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded the boil water advisory for the city of Fredonia. Water conservation is still required by the residents of Fredonia, as well as rural water districts that purchase water from the City of Fredonia.

The following rural water district systems that purchase their water from Fredonia remain under a boil water advisory. These systems will be flushed and tested over the next several days to determine if the boil water advisory for these systems can be rescinded.

Wilson Co. RWD #1
Wilson Co. RWD #2
Wilson Co. RWD #5
Wilson Co. RWD #7
Wilson Co. RWD #11 (includes Fall River)
Wilson Co. RWD #13

KDHE has also rescinded the boil water advisories for the following Montgomery County rural water districts:

Montgomery Co. RWD #9
Montgomery Co. RWD #11

Red Cross assistance
Anyone affected by the floods in Coffeyville or surrounding areas, must come to the First Baptist Church at 300 West 9th St.

Shelters in Coffeyville

First Southern Baptist at 620-251-6980
First Assembly of God at 620-251-0230