Kansas Governor Seeks FEMA Extension for Storm Recovery Assistance

By Trish Svoboda

Governor Laura Kelly has formally requested an extension from FEMA to submit a major disaster request. The extension, sought until August 17, 2024, applies to the public assistance program for severe thunderstorms that struck Kansas on May 18-19. These storms brought large hail, damaging straight-line winds, tornadoes, and torrential rainfall, resulting in flooding across the state.

The additional time will allow for thorough damage assessments and facilitate federal assistance in repairing public infrastructure, including roads and bridges. Governor Kelly emphasized the importance of restoring infrastructure for the safety and well-being of Kansans in the affected communities.

“Our state and local resources are stretched thin,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “I am requesting that FEMA give us additional time to collect data and validate all legitimate expenses. Our priority is to restore the infrastructure that is vital to the safety and well-being of Kansans within the impacted communities.”

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