Kansas Adjutant General's Department
Contact: Public Affairs Office- Catherine Horner
Email: catherine.f.horner.nfg@mail.mil

(785) 646-1192
17-045 State Emergency Operations Center will remain active overnight

Personnel from the Kansas Division of Emergency Management and other state agencies will remain on duty in the State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka overnight to coordinate response efforts to the severe winter storm affecting the western half of the state and to the heavy rains and flooding in southeast Kansas. All Kansans are urged to cancel or delay their travel plans to these areas until weather conditions improve.

The Kansas National Guard will have 14 Stranded Motorist Assistance Recovery Teams patrolling roads in western Kansas in search of stranded motorists. Two teams each have been sent to operate out Colby, Dighton, Dodge City, Lakin, Liberal, Norton, and Tribune.

The Kansas National Guard armories in Colby and Norton have been opened as warming shelters. In addition, a shelter has been set up in Horace Good Middle School, 1412 N Main St, Garden City. Two churches in Hoxie and one church in Sedan in Sheridan County have opened warming centers. A warming shelter is also open in the Emergency Operations Center in Colby. Other shelters may be opened in other towns, as needed.

While Kansans in the western half of the state deal with snow, rain is the main concern in eastern Kansas. As much as four inches of rain have fallen in some areas, resulting in minor to moderate floods and flash floods. Flood warnings are currently in effect in Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Bourbon, Cherokee, Crawford, Franklin, Labette, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami, Montgomery, Neosho, Osage, and Wilson Counties. Additional rain and thunderstorms are expected Tuesday and Wednesday in the southeast portion of the state, bringing the potential for more flooding.



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