TOPEKA, Kan. — Nine Kansas counties have been approved for addition to the Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster declaration including Riley County.
FEMA notified the state this week that President Donald Trump had approved Governor Laura Kelly’s request to add those counties to the declaration for the incident period between April 28 and July 12. Heavy rains caused rivers and lakes to rise with several locations still inundated with water. That included Tuttle Creek Lake, which reached near capacity May 31 at a level of 1,135.88 feet.
Gov. Kelly said in a release from the Adjutant General’s Office Thursday that this federal declaration “will enable those counties to restore infrastructure and get things back to normal as quickly as possible.”
The Kansas Division of Emergency Management Public Assistance team will contact officials in these counties to schedule applicant briefings. In addition to Riley County, the list includes Bourbon, Comanche, Crawford, Dickinson, Douglas, Edwards, Ford and Gray counties.