Lyon, area counties included in disaster request for 'major presidential declaration' after recent severe weather Featured

Lyon, area counties included in disaster request for 'major presidential declaration' after recent severe weather Lyon County Highway Department photo

After emergency federal aid was approved for Lyon and most surrounding counties in two separate waves recently, Governor Laura Kelly has now asked President Donald Trump for a major presidential declaration reflecting the impact of severe weather since late April.

Kelly says Kansas has suffered extended damage due to historic rainfall, thunderstorms, tornadoes and high winds dating back to April 28. As a result, the same 63 counties that were included in the previous state disaster declarations -- including Lyon and all surrounding counties -- have been included in Kelly's new request.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has validated 20 counties for reimbursements to offset public infrastructure damage costs, including Lyon and all surrounding counties except Chase. Assessments are either incomplete or pending in a lot of counties because of the extensive damage.

Besides the county cleanup efforts, the state of Kansas has committed over $56 million in non-federal funds on hazard mitigation assistance for nearly 200 different projects in the affected counties.

The county-by-county breakdown as listed in Kelly's request can be found below.

Lyon County

*Water rescues
*Road closures, barricades, detours

Chase County

*Train car derailment near Matfield Green
*Sandbagging and pumping operations
*Sewage pump station failure in Strong City
*Dam erosion in Cottonwood Falls
*Destroyed power poles and lines
*Multiple homes flooded

Coffey County

*Water rescues
*Shelter operations and feeding
*15 homes evacuated

Greenwood County

*Home evacuations in Fall River
*Evacuations in Eureka
*Road and bridge damage, closures and detours

Osage County

*Road damage, closures and detours
*Damage to electrical utilities and facilities
*Impacts to multi-use recreational areas at Pomona and Melvern Lakes, causing a loss of business and tax base due to rising lake levels. Evacuations needed at Melvern Lake
*Tornado damage

Current Lyon County, Coffey County road closures

30-Day rain total map courtesy National Weather Service

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