Federal shutdown impact immediate, nearly total on local agencies

Federal offices locally are either closed or offering drastically limited services as Republicans and Democrats in Washington blame each other for the first budget shutdown in 17 years.

Emporia's Social Security office is having residents connect with federal headquarters if they are asking for help via phone. Online services are still available and you can receive help processing benefits, but staffers can't help issue cards or issue a proof of income letter.

Meanwhile, the Emporia Farm Service Agency office is closed. So is the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Strong City, meaning no access to any of its facilities or trails.

Regionally, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association was shut down by the budget impasse. The National Weather Service, however, is still operating and providing forecast data through the stoppage.

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