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.
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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.