Monday August 26, 2013
State and federal authorities starting the lengthy process of collecting storm damage estimates in Kansas.
The flooding and hail caused major damage in parts of the state in late July and August.
FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency -- and the Kansas Division of Emergency Management are collecting estimates of damage occurring between July 22nd and August 16th in 62 Kansas counties.
There are five teams working those counties. One of the teams is in Reno County this week. Representatives from cities, towns, townships and schools are sitting down with officials explaining damages.
Charles Henry with the Kansas Division of Emergency Management says, "If we get enough damage and the impact is great enough then it will be sent to FEMA."
Henry says a preliminary damage assessment will be made and then sent to the Governor and FEMA's regional administrator. It could then go to the president for a possible presidential disaster declaration.