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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Snow storms costs reach $322,000 in county

  • Public agencies in Leavenworth County could receive federal reimbursement for some of the expenses associated with last month's back-to-back snow storms, according to an emergency management official.
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  • Public agencies in Leavenworth County could receive federal reimbursement for some of the expenses associated with last month's back-to-back snow storms, according to an emergency management official.
    Chuck Magaha, director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management, said preliminary figures indicate the two storms cost public entities in the county about $322,340. But he's still awaiting figures from some agencies.
    Magaha said he had a conference call with a Kansas public assistance team Friday morning regarding the storms. He said results appear favorable for the state to request a Federal Emergency Management Agency snow emergency declaration for the first of the two winter storms. This could lead to federal reimbursement of up to 75 percent for things such as materials, equipment and overtime.
    Magaha said the state also is pursuing a presidential winter storm disaster declaration for the two storms combined.
    He said a presidential winter storm declaration would allow for reimbursement for some things that wouldn't be included in a FEMA snow emergency declaration.
    Agencies such as city and county governments, school districts and township fire departments could be eligible for reimbursement.
    He said the federal assistance would not be available to the general public.
    In order for the county to qualify, the public sector costs have to total $262,983. He said this figure is based on the county's population.
    He said the county has reached this figure when the two storms are combined. But the total for only the first storm is a little short of the amount needed. However, he believes the final total for the first storm will be enough to meet the threshold for the FEMA declaration.
    "There are still other costs that are flowing into the system," he said.
    Magaha said the state government will be contacting his office Monday to set up a briefing for local entities that can apply for the assistance.

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