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

(785) 646-1192
17-047 State Emergency Operations Center Continues Response to Severe Weather Affecting Kansas

Personnel from the Kansas Division of Emergency Management and other state agencies remain on duty in the State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka to coordinate response efforts to the severe winter storm affecting the western third of the state and heavy rains and flooding in southeast Kansas.

Road conditions in western Kansas are hazardous and some roads are impassible.  Officials urge Kansans to stay home and stay off the roads to allow emergency crews to assist stranded motorists. 

“Our focus is rescuing motorists that have been stranded on the highways for several hours,” said Jonathan York, Response and Recovery Branch Director, Kansas Division of Emergency Management.  “Road conditions are treacherous and emergency crews are experiencing difficulty traveling the snow packed and drifted roads. By staying home you allow these crews to focus on rescuing these motorists.”

Kansas Department of Transportation crews continue to clear the snow from major highways.  Current road conditions can be found by visiting their website at http://www.kandrive.org/kandrive.  For individuals in areas that are experiencing flooding, click on the construction tab to see road conditions that are closed due to flooding.

The Kansas National Guard has 14 Stranded Motorist Assistance Recovery Teams patrolling roads in western Kansas in search of stranded motorists.

The Kansas National Guard armories in Colby, 470 S Range Road, and Norton, 1200 N State St. have been opened as warming centers. In addition, the following shelters have been opened:

·         Atwood, Rawlins County

·         Bird City – Emergency Building, Cheyenne County

·         Dighton - Lane County, Methodist Church, 225 Lane St.

·         Garden City - Horace Good Middle School, 1412 Main St.

·         Hoxie - Methodist Church, 930 12th Street

·         Hoxie - Christian Church, 1025 Queen Ave.

·         Selden - Selden Community Center, 108 N. Kansas

·         Syracuse, Hamilton County (two locations)

·         WaKeeney - Trego County Fairgrounds, Commercial Building, 13th & Russell Ave.

While Kansans in the western third 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 major floods and flash floods. Flood warnings are currently in effect for multiple counties in the eastern portion of the state along and hear the Missouri border.  Additional rain and thunderstorms are expected midweek in the southeast portion of the state, bringing the potential for more flooding. Turn around and don’t drown.  Do not drive into flood waters.  Current road conditions affected by the flooding can be found by visiting the KDOT website at http://www.kandrive.org/kandrive and clicking on the construction tab.



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