Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has sent a letter to President Bush requesting federal Public Assistance to help restore infrastructure that was damaged or destroyed by record floods in September.
“The financial loss from floods and storms can add up quickly and the impact is often too substantial for counties to handle on their own,” said Sebelius. “This assistance will help get our public infrastructure restored.”
Damage estimates from all counties surveyed total in excess of $3.7 million. The statewide threshold to qualify for federal assistance is approximately $3.6 million.
Four state teams comprised of 13 people partnered with an equal number of personnel from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct damage surveys in Anderson, Butler, Chase, Cowley, Greenwood, Harper, Harvey, Lyon, Russell, Sedgwick and Sumner Counties. All counties surveyed had sufficient damages to meet qualification requirements, except for Lyon County.