Harvey County Commission Chair Chip Westfall signed a local emergency disaster proclamation Wednesday, May 8, in response to local flooding conditions in the county.

The proclamation aids the County in requesting help from local and state resources if needed.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly issued a state declaration of emergency for parts of the state due to flooding. 


The National Weather Service issued a flood warning that lasted for several days for much of south central Kansas, including Harvey County.

Several roadways in the county were affected by flooding throughout the week. U.S. Highway 50 was closed Thursday afternoon and into Friday, but was eventually reopened throughout the county. Harvey County Sheriff Chad Gay urged drivers not to try to drive through standing water and not to drive around barricades.

Harvey County Parks closed West Park for several days due to flooding, as well as parts of East Park. All County parks were reopened as of May 15.

Harvey County Emergency Management encouraged people to check for updates through resources such as local news, social media, weather radios and more.

Residents on well water may want to test their water after flooding to make sure it is safe to drink. The Planning, Zoning and Environmental department has test kits available for purchase.

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