Governor Brownback signs disaster declaration

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- Governor Sam Brownback has signed a state of disaster emergency declaration for Kansas as a winter storm pushes through the area.

The declaration authorizes state resources to assist local communities and residents as needed in the aftermath of the storm.

“Our state agencies did a great job today protecting Kansans during these difficult weather conditions,” Governor Brownback said. “We will be working to identify residents and communities in need of assistance and KDOT will be on the roads dealing with blowing snow due to windy conditions.”

Today, the governor got a firsthand look at the state's efforts to clear highways amid the winter storm that has closed schools and state government offices.

Brownback hopped aboard a Kansas Department of Transportation snowplow Tuesday afternoon to observe snow removal on Interstate 70 west of Topeka.

Brownback said his decision on whether to reopen state offices Wednesday will rest partly on whether winds are causing snowdrifts.

Brownback said he rode the KDOT plow to observe snow removal firsthand. He planned to travel about 15 miles on I-70 to the exit for the town of Maple Hill, then return to Topeka for a late-afternoon briefing at the State Emergency Operations Center.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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