Board of County Commission Chairman Ed Eilert signed a declaration of a state of local disaster emergency for Johnson County late this afternoon following two damaging storms this week. The first storm occurred July 22, resulting in wind and storm damage in several cities in the county, and was followed by Wednesday night’s (July 26) flooding in the county.
“The disaster declaration allows us to request additional resources and potential funding assistance if our county’s total damage estimates reach the required levels to qualify for the assistance for public facilities and roadways,” said Dan Robeson, emergency management coordinator for Johnson County. “It also activates the response and recovery aspects of local and inter-jurisdictional disaster emergency plans.”
Much of the power restoration and debris clean-up from the storm that hit July 22 had been completed in the county just prior to the arrival of Wednesday’s torrential rain of four to six inches with pockets of heavier amounts throughout the night. A number of record highs were recorded throughout the county.
“Multiple waterways within the county broke previous crest records,” Robeson said. “Low lying areas along Indian Creek, Turkey Creek, Tomahawk Creek, Little Mill Creek and the Blue River have been the most problematic areas.”
The storms caused significant damage in Leawood to public facilities including a parks maintenance facility and vehicles, golf course, city park, fire truck and animal hospital. In addition, sections of Mission Road between 171st and 175th Street were damaged.
Johnson County Park and Recreation District sustained damage to streamway trails, Heritage Park Golf Course, Tomahawk Hills Golf Course and Nelson Island, located on the north end of Mill Creek adjacent to the Kansas River.