Governor declares emergency for Kansas flooding

Pratt, Kingman counties are included

Kansas governor Jeff Colyer has issued a disaster emergency declaration for five counties that have been hit by Labor Day weekend flooding. 

The declaration includes Pratt, Kingman, Jewell, Riley and Marshall counties. 

More counties may be included as state and local officials continue to assess the damage.  

Washed out roads and bridges have been reported in western Kingman County, and flood damage has also been reported in Pratt County after five to six inches of rain fell across the county Sunday night and early Monday. 

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism had closed its operations office in Pratt, but the office will reopen Wednesday.  The lower level is still undergoing cleanup activity from the flooding, so employees will be moved to the upper level of the building.   State officials said the warehouse and the fish hatchery also had damage, and some motor pool vehicles were also damaged by the flood.  The office is located near the Ninnescah River east of Pratt. 

A flood warning was issued for the Cow Creek in Reno and Rice Counties, and minor flooding was expected. 

(above photo shows a bridge on Northwest 190th Avenue south of Northwest 20th Street in Kingman County.) 

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