Daily Archives: 19 August, 2013

Governor declares state disaster for flooding from series of recent storms

Gov. Sam Brownback has issued a State of Disaster Emergency declaration for 62 counties affected by the recent severe storms, flooding and flash floods.

“These floods have damaged roads, bridges and other vital infrastructure across most of the state,” Brownback said in a prepared statement. “These need to be repaired as quickly as possible so everyone can get back to business as usual.”

One death is attributed to the flooding that was spawned by the strong storms that began raking the state on July 22. Steven Burrow, 14, drowned on Aug. 9 while swimming in the Wichita-Valley Center Floodway, known locally as the Big Ditch.

Named in the declaration are Allen, Anderson, Barber, Barton, Bourbon, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Clark, Clay, Cloud, Coffey, Comanche, Cowley, Crawford, Dickinson, Edwards, Elk, Ellsworth, Finney, Ford, Geary, Gray, Greenwood, Hamilton, Harper, Harvey, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearney, Kingman, Kiowa, Labette, Lane, Linn, Lyon, Marion, McPherson, Meade, Montgomery, Morris, Neosho, Ness, Ottawa, Pawnee, Pratt, Reno, Republic, Rice, Rush, Russell, Saline, Scott, Sedgwick, Seward, Stafford, Stanton, Sumner, Wichita, Wilson, and Woodson counties.

The governor’s declaration activates the disaster response and recovery portions of the Kansas Response Plan, authorizing state resources and funds to expedite emergency assistance statewide.

The aid will assist local governments in repairing damaged infrastructure such as roads and bridges, said Sharon Watson, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Division of Emergency Management.

Wichita weather: Sunshine and 80s

Sunshine and pleasant temperatures are in the forecast for today in the Wichita area.

Highs will be in the mid- to upper 80s, with south winds in the teens and gusting to more than 20 miles an hour, forecasters say. Lows tonight will drop into the upper 60s under mostly clear skies. Southerly winds will ease, occasionally touching double digits.

Tuesday will be sunny and warmer, forecasters say, with highs approaching 90. Winds will persist out of the south, gusting at times to about 20 miles an hour.

Dry conditions are expected to continue through the rest of the work week, forecasters say.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.