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Johnson County receives federal disaster declaration for July storms, flooding

Johnson County has been approved for a federal declaration from FEMA for damages occurring from summer storms July 22 through July 27. The declaration provides reimbursement for county and city infrastructure damaged by severe storms, straight-line winds, and significant flooding.

Johnson County declared a local disaster emergency on July 27 and in coordination with Wyandotte County, and Kansas Division of Emergency Management, the Governor requested a major disaster declaration from the federal government August 31 since the storm damage affected both counties.

“The approval of the disaster declaration will provide needed funding assistance for public facilities and roadways,” said Dan Robeson, emergency management coordinator for Johnson County. “These storms left approximately six million dollars in uninsured damages, so this assistance will be extremely helpful to the county and cities.”

Much of the power restoration and debris clean-up from the storm that hit July 22 had been completed in the county just prior to the arrival of the torrential rain of four to six inches with pockets of heavier amounts throughout the night. A number of record highs were recorded throughout the county from flooding. Low lying areas along Indian Creek, Turkey Creek, Tomahawk Creek, Little Mill Creek and the Blue River had the most severe problems.

The storms caused significant damage in Leawood to public facilities including a parks maintenance facility and vehicles, golf course, city park, fire truck. In addition, sections of Mission Road between 171st and 175th Street were damaged.

Johnson County Park and Recreation District sustained damage to streamway trails, Heritage Park Golf Course, Tomahawk Hills Golf Course and Nelson Island, located on the north end of Mill Creek adjacent to the Kansas River.