City, county leaders to meet with KDEM on Friday

Later this month, Emporia and Lyon County officials should have a much better sense of how they can plan for flood repairs stemming from heavy rains in July and August.

A meeting is coming Friday in Topeka between Emporia and Lyon County on one side and the Kansas Division of Emergency Management on the other to set a list of projects to be reimbursed by the federal government -- and to set a dollar amount for each project as well.

Americus may also be involved after submitting paperwork to FEMA earlier this fall.

Last month, President Barack Obama approved Gov. Sam Brownback's request for federal reimbursement dollars after flooding rains affected much of Kansas, especially the KVOE listening area along the Cottonwood River.

Lyon County sustained about $150,000 in damage to county roads and the Rocky Ford bridge after anywhere from eight to 18 inches of rain fell along the Cottonwood River basin.

Chase, Coffey, Greenwood and Morris counties are also approved for reimbursement money.