Friday, May 11, 2012
On Friday, Governor Sam Brownback announced he has sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a Federal Emergency Disaster Declaration for the State of Kansas in response damaged caused during the April 14-15 storm outbreak. The request includes Edwards, Ellsworth, Harper, Hodgeman, Jewell, Kiowa, Mitchell, Osborne, Rice, Rush, Russell, Sedgwick, Stafford, and Sumner counties.
“Kansas know all too well the destructive force of severe weather - especially that of tornadoes. We were fortunate our state suffered no fatalities, but the communities in Kansas who are rebuilding from the destruction caused by these storms need help putting lives back together,” said Governor Brownback.
The thunderstorms that developed across central Kansas produced damaging hail, wind and approximately 40 tornadoes that touched down across the state. Thirty-eight people were hurt in the storms.
Total costs for the disaster recovery are estimated to exceed $6.9 million. The Governor’s request specifically asks the federal government for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and the Public Assistance Program to assist with cleanup efforts, infrastructure repairs, debris removal and public assistance.