Gov. Mark Parkinson has submitted a request to the president for federal
assistance to defray costs associated with the response to and recovery from
the severe winter storms that struck the state during the period March 26 to
In a letter to Art Freeman, acting regional director for FEMA Region VII,
Parkinson detailed actions taken by state and local emergency response
agencies to the severe storms that blanketed large areas of the state with as
much as 30 inches of snow, accompanied by strong winds, sleet, ice and drifts
of up to 20 feet. The storms resulted in widespread power outages, road
closures and some building collapses. Then-governor Kathleen Sebelius signed
a State of Disaster Emergency declaration for 62 counties.
Preliminary Damage Assessments place damages in excess of $18.6 million.
Parkinson requested federal Public Assistance (all categories of work
including emergency protective measures, debris removal and infrastructure
repair) for Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Coffey, Cowley, Dickinson, Elk, Grant,
Greenwood, Harvey, Lyon, Marion, Sumner and Woodson Counties.
He also requested emergency assistance for snow removal under the Public Assistance
program (emergency protective measures) for Barber, Barton, Clark, Comanche,
Edwards, Grant, Haskell, Kearney, Kingman, Kiowa, McPherson, Meade, Pratt,
Reno, Rice, Seward, Stafford, Stanton and Stevens Counties.
"Just when we thought winter was over, the state was hit pretty hard," said
Parkinson. "This federal assistance will help ease some of the financial
burden these counties incurred from the storms."
Public Assistance refers to money that is used to restore public
infrastructure, such as roads, bridges and utilities, and for associated
recovery costs, such as debris removal from public roads.