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Some Kansans remain without power as storm cleanup continues

February 12, 2002

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— Nearly two weeks after a snow and ice storm knocked out power to 435,000 Kansans, 1,320 people were still waiting for the electricity to come back on, the adjutant general's office said Monday.

"A lot of people who are left are without electricity because the ice storm pulled the electric wires out of the house, and it takes an electrician to come and reconnect the house that means it is going slower," spokeswoman Joy Moser said.

Vincent Garcia tosses tree limbs onto a pile at a golf course in
Overland Park. The golf course parking lot has been turned into a
tree disposal area as Kansas City-area residents continue cleaning
up after an ice storm damaged thousands of trees late last month.

Vincent Garcia tosses tree limbs onto a pile at a golf course in Overland Park. The golf course parking lot has been turned into a tree disposal area as Kansas City-area residents continue cleaning up after an ice storm damaged thousands of trees late last month.

Other outages are scattered throughout the state, she said.

Meanwhile, disaster officials continued to tally the damage from the storm. With all counties surveyed, damage estimates are $48.17 million in Kansas, Moser said. Those figures are for public infrastructure damage such as public utilities, roads, bridges and public buildings that are potentially eligible for disaster assistance.

Much of that was in Johnson County, where nearly $11.6 million in damage was reported. Other counties with major damage included Wilson with $6.5 million and Wyandotte with $4.04 million in infrastructure damage, according to the adjutant general's office.

Franklin County reported $4 million in damage, with Coffey County reporting $3.98 million in damage.





Here is a breakdown of estimated infrastructure damage in area counties, according to the adjutant general's office:

Douglas: $348,000Franklin: $4 millionJohnson: $11.656 millionOsage: $150,000Wyandotte: $4.04 million

President Bush declared a disaster in 35 counties across Kansas last week.

Counties eligible for assistance are Allen, Anderson, Barber, Bourbon, Butler, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Coffey, Comanche, Cowley, Crawford, Douglas, Elk, Franklin, Greenwood, Harper, Jefferson, Johnson, Kingman, Kiowa, Labette, Leavenworth, Linn, Lyon, Miami, Montgomery, Neosho, Osage, Pratt, Sedgwick, Shawnee, Sumner, Wilson, Woodson and Wyandotte.

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