May 21, 2024

Harvey County gives update from Sunday storm

Posted May 21, 2024 11:41 PM
Utility workers repairing power poles and lines on Southwest 36th Street near Halstead. Courtesy of Harvey County Government 
Utility workers repairing power poles and lines on Southwest 36th Street near Halstead. Courtesy of Harvey County Government 

Harvey County Government 

HARVEY COUNTY, Kan. — Harvey County Emergency Management gave a Tuesday update on storm damage and recovery efforts from Sunday's severe weather event:

Damage assessments have begun in Harvey County as cleanup continues.

The Harvey County Appraiser's Office has begun assessing damage in Halstead and Burrton. Data will be collected over the next several days. The information allows the county to submit reports to the Kansas Division of Emergency Management to determine if the county meets monetary thresholds to qualify for various aid and reimbursements.

The American Red Cross is also compiling damage assessments. The Red Cross has distributed clean-up and other supplies in the area. If residents need clean-up supplies, or have had significant damage to their home, contact the Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Residents in unincorporated parts of the county can contact the Harvey County Planning, Zoning and Environmental Department for guidance on permitting for construction. Residents planning repairs that live in the floodplain should also contact the office. Permits are required for all structures. However, roofing and siding replacements do not require a permit. Residents within city limits should contact their respective city office for direction.

Some residents and businesses remain without power in Harvey County. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Evergy reported 1,544 customers remain affected by outages in the county. You can view updates from Evergy here:

The Harvey County Health Department remained closed Tuesday due to the power outage. It will attempt to reopen Wednesday at 8 a.m. All Harvey County Parks are open to visitors, but West Park remains without power. The West Park bait shop is closed until power is restored.

Some roadways remain closed due to downed power lines and debris. Closed roads include, but may not be limited to:

▪️ North River Park Road from West First Street to Northwest 12th Street

▪️ South Anderson Road from Southwest 36th Street to Southwest 60th Street

▪️ Southwest 14th Street from Cow Palace Road to South Plum Street

▪️ Southwest 24th Street from South Hoover Road to South West Road

▪️ Southwest 84th Street from South Sand Hill Road to South Prairie Lake Road.

The Harvey County Commission unanimously voted  on Tuesday to approve a local disaster emergency declaration, formalizing a verbal declaration issued this past Sunday.

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