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Posted on: October 27, 2023

[ARCHIVED] President Biden approves federal disaster request for severe weather

President Joe Biden has approved a federal disaster requested by Governor Laura Kelly on Sept. 12 for severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding that occurred July 14-21, 2023.

Public Assistance was granted for the following counties to provide assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities: Allen, Barton, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Finney, Ford, Greeley, Johnson, Kearny, Pawnee, Rawlins, Rice, Russell, Stafford, Thomas, Wallace, Wichita, Woodson, and Wyandotte Counties.

“I am grateful to the president for the approval of this request,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “This federal assistance is essential to restoring the livelihoods affected and the communities impacted by this series of severe weather.”

The declaration also activates the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program statewide. All counties are eligible to apply for funds to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards.

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