Rainfall taking toll on central Kansas roads

NEWTON — Roads in Harvey County are feeling the effects of the large amount of rainfall accumulated during the past few weeks. County administrator Anthony Swartzendruber said county roads and other infrastructure are seeing material washout, some to dangerous extremes; debris pile-ups along bridges that lead to additional structural stress; and continued erosion in trouble areas like at Harvey County West Park.

“There’s continuing to be bank erosion issues,” Swartzendruber said.

Erosion has led to downed trees in several locations around West Park, while material washout has also affected county bridges.

Emergency management director Gary Denny clarified the two federal emergency declarations put into effect during the stretches of severe weather in May, as well as the differences between them. Originating on May 8, Gov. Laura Kelly made a major disaster declaration — which has now grown to include 60 counties — that covers public assistance, debris removal etc., with a deadline placed on submitting damage reports to get potential aid from FEMA. That deadline has been extended following the second round of storms and reports for Harvey County are still being accumulated.

 

Commemorate service at military day

TOPEKA — Heartland Military Day will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at 125 S.E. Airport Drive. The event will commemorate the service of Kansas men and women, including a pancake feed in the morning, equipment displays, a panel on World War II and morning and afternoon WWII battle re-enactments.

The event is free, but donations are appreciated. For more information, contact 862-1020 or office@kngmuseum.org.