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Governor Requests Major Presidential Declaration

Laura KellyGovernor Laura Kelly sent a request on Monday to President Donald Trump asking for a major presidential declaration for the public assistance program for 63 counties in Kansas as a result of widespread, record rainfall and severe weather causing flooding, flash flooding and tornadoes beginning April 28.

The Public Assistance program helps pay for restoration of public infrastructure and associated costs caused by flooding and tornado damage.

"Due to the historic torrential rains, thunderstorms, tornadoes and damaging winds, Kansas has suffered extended damage," Kelly said. "We must continue to provide Kansans with the assistance, resources, and long-term fixes to infrastructure we need during this difficult time."

Counties listed in the request are: Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Barber, Barton, Bourbon, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Clark, Clay, Cloud, Coffey, Comanche, Cowley, Crawford, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Edwards, Elk, Ellsworth, Ford, Franklin, Geary, Gray, Greenwood, Harper, Harvey, Hodgeman, Jefferson, Kingman, Leavenworth, Lincoln, Linn, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Meade, Montgomery, Morris, Nemaha, Neosho, Norton, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Phillips, Pottawatomie, Pratt, Reno, Rice, Riley, Rush, Russell, Saline, Sumner, Wabaunsee, Washington, Wilson and Woodson.

(Information and photo courtesy Governor Laura Kelly.)

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