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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • County Commission proclaims snow storms

  • In an ongoing effort to be recouped for costs associated with last month's twin snow storms, the Leavenworth County Commission Thursday approved two resolutions proclaiming the damaged caused by the events.
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  • In an ongoing effort to be recouped for costs associated with last month's twin snow storms, the Leavenworth County Commission Thursday approved two resolutions proclaiming the damaged caused by the events.
    County Emergency Management Director Chuck Magaha said in a previous update that the Kansas Department of Emergency Management was working on an application for federal disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, allowing local governments to be reimbursed for 75 percent of their expenditures as a result of the storm. Magaha said earlier this month that the county was reporting about $322,000 in costs incurred as a result of a pair of systems that together dropped close to 20 inches of snow on the Kansas City metropolitan area.
    “It's not just damages but the cost of dealing with it by public works and so forth,” said County Administrator Pat Hurley.
    The storms took place on Feb. 20 and 25, Hurley said, though he confirmed there had been talk at one point of combining the two events.
    In the meantime, he said the commission needed to approve resolutions proclaiming both of the storms were local disasters.
    “Under virtue of  your authority under certain Kansas statutes, you proclaim that a state of local disaster emergency exists,” Hurley said, reading from the documents.
    The commission approved both resolutions.

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