Kansas governor seeks disaster declaration because of storms

TOPEKA | Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson is seeking a federal disaster declaration for 49 counties hit by winter storms in December and early January.

The state Adjutant General's Department said Friday that Parkinson sent a letter this week to President Barack Obama.

Parkinson said in a statement that he's hoping to obtain federal aid to help the state and local governments repair an estimated $13 million in damage to roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

Parkinson's request is for the following counties: Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Bourbon, Brown, Butler, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Clay, Coffey, Cowley, Crawford, Decatur, Doniphan, Douglas, Elk, Franklin, Geary, Gove, Graham, Greenwood, Jackson, Jefferson, Jewell, Labette, Linn, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, Miami, Montgomery, Morris, Nemaha, Neosho, Norton, Osage, Phillips, Pottawatomie, Rawlins, Republic, Riley, Shawnee, Sheridan, Wabaunsee, Wallace, Washington, Wilson, Woodson and Wyandotte.