As residents continue to clean up from last week’s tornado, Leavenworth County has been added to a federal emergency declaration for Kansas.

As residents continue to clean up from last week’s tornado, Leavenworth County has been added to a federal emergency declaration for Kansas.

The governor’s office announced over the weekend that Leavenworth County was one of 15 counties that have been added to the declaration. Initially, only 18 counties were named in the May 26 declaration.

Leavenworth County’s inclusion comes after an EF-4 tornado crossed through the Linwood area on May 28. Only minor injuries were reported in Leavenworth County.

County officials estimate that property damage from the tornado exceeds $26 million in Leavenworth County.

For now, Leavenworth County’s inclusion qualifies the county for FEMA technical assistance, according to Leavenworth County Emergency Management Director Chuck Magaha.

He said federal financial assistance may become available. But expenses at the county and state levels will need to meet thresholds.

Magaha said the disaster declaration can be applied to the tornado recovery as well as flooding that is currently impacting the county.

On Monday, crews resumed debris removal efforts in the area that was affected by the tornado in southern Leavenworth County.

Kim Buchanan, deputy director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management, said water, natural gas and electricity have been restored to all of the properties in the affected area that are able to accept the utilities.

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