Federal disaster declared for flooded and storm-damaged Kansas counties

Mike Hodges looks at his flooded backyard in Belle Plaine on Sept. 9.
Mike Hodges looks at his flooded backyard in Belle Plaine on Sept. 9. File photo

President Obama signed a disaster declaration Thursday for 11 counties in Kansas affected by September’s severe storms and flooding.

The declaration means federal funding is now available for state and eligible local government and some nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities that received damage, according to a news release issued by the White House Press Office.

The counties affected are Cheyenne, Cowley, Ellis, Graham, Greenwood, Kingman, Norton, Rooks, Russell, Sedgwick and Sumner.

254 Productions shot aerial drone footage of Highway 81 near Belle Plaine on September 11, 2016. The road is underwater with the Ninnescah River out of its banks.

Christian Van Alstyne has been named Federal Coordinating Officer for recovery operations in the affected areas. Additional designations may be made at a later time if requested by the state and warranted in any further damage assessments.

The storms and flooding occurred over a 10-day period from Sept. 2-12.

Fire crews were busy Saturday morning conducting rescues of residents of the Ponderosa Estates in Sumner County. The Ninnescah River set a flood stage record due to heavy rain on Thursday and Friday nights. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)

A slow-moving storm system brought heavy rains to Sedgwick County on Thursday night, Sept. 8, 2016, prompting flash flood warnings throughout south-central Kansas. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)

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