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We postponed this week's #maxmondaysinmay post to today. Monday, and much of this week, has been a rough one for many in the communities we serve. Hopefully a moment of K-9 Max can bring a smile of reprieve, so the first pic is Max upset with Deputy Skyler Hinton for interrupting his episode of Scooby Doo.

Actually, that picture is Max in the hotel while he was out of town doing certifications. Hinton and Max certify through the Heart of America Police Dog Association, which includes Kansas, Iowa and Missouri. They certify each October. Max is certified in narcotics, including methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, MDMA and fentanyl. He is also certified in patrol work, including obedience, tracking, article and evidence searches, building and area searches and apprehension. Hinton and Max placed second in patrol certification!

Hinton and Max regularly train all year to keep their skills sharp and updated on best practices. They train a minimum of 16 hours each month, and typically do more than that, but still make plenty of time for relaxation.

Thanks for checking out our belated #maxmondaysinmay post, aka our first #maxmondaysinmayonathursday post. You can follow Max's everyday adventures at K-9 Max.Photos from Harvey County Sheriff's Office's post
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We postponed this weeks #MaxMondaysInMay post to today. Monday, and much of this week, has been a rough one for many in the communities we serve. Hopefully a moment of K-9 Max can bring a smile of reprieve, so the first pic is Max upset with Deputy Skyler Hinton for interrupting his episode of Scooby Doo.

Actually, that picture is Max in the hotel while he was out of town doing certifications. Hinton and Max certify through the Heart of America Police Dog Association, which includes Kansas, Iowa and Missouri. They certify each October. Max is certified in narcotics, including methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, MDMA and fentanyl. He is also certified in patrol work, including obedience, tracking, article and evidence searches, building and area searches and apprehension. Hinton and Max placed second in patrol certification!

Hinton and Max regularly train all year to keep their skills sharp and updated on best practices. They train a minimum of 16 hours each month, and typically do more than that, but still make plenty of time for relaxation.

Thanks for checking out our belated #MaxMondaysInMay post, aka our first #MaxMondaysInMayOnAThursday post. You can follow Maxs everyday adventures at K-9 Max.Image attachment

Here are some important dates to know for the 2024 primary election.

The deadline to change party affiliation for the primary is June 3 at noon. This is also the candidate filing deadline. The primary election will be held Aug. 6.

More election info is available on our website: www.hvcoksvote.gov/2024-election-info
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Here are some important dates to know for the 2024 primary election.

The deadline to change party affiliation for the primary is June 3 at noon. This is also the candidate filing deadline. The primary election will be held Aug. 6. 

More election info is available on our website: https://www.hvcoksvote.gov/2024-election-info

Great news! We're back to normal operations!

Power was restored yesterday at our building, and our phone lines are up again. Please stop by or give us a call to set up an appointment or services (316-283-1637).
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Great clean-up effort by the Parks crew. 👏Sunday night's storms made a dent on our three parks, but we've worked hard to clear debris the past two days to get the grounds ready for camping, fishing, hiking and more. Always proud of our staff here for being up to the challenge as we get ready to welcome visitors for the Memorial Day weekend.

The power has been restored at West Park. The bait shop has been restocked and will be ready for customers through the holiday weekend, as will the East Park bait shop.

At this time, the lake at East Park remains under a harmful algal bloom warning. If that status changes heading into the weekend, we will update here and on our website. Until then, please continue to follow precautions if you visit East Park (Camp Hawk and West Park are not affected): www.kdhe.ks.gov/777/Harmful-Algal-Blooms
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Great clean-up effort by the Parks crew. 👏

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Harvey County Parks

Sunday night's storms made a dent on our three parks, but we've worked hard to clear debris the past two days to get the grounds ready for camping, fishing, hiking and more. Always proud of our staff here for being up to the challenge as we get ready to welcome visitors for the Memorial Day weekend.

The power has been restored at West Park. The bait shop has been restocked and will be ready for customers through the holiday weekend, as will the East Park bait shop.

At this time, the lake at East Park remains under a harmful algal bloom warning. If that status changes heading into the weekend, we will update here and on our website. Until then, please continue to follow precautions if you visit East Park (Camp Hawk and West Park are not affected): www.kdhe.ks.gov/777/Harmful-Algal-BloomsSunday night's storms made a dent on our three parks, but we've worked hard to clear debris the past two days to get the grounds ready for camping, fishing, hiking and more. Always proud of our staff here for being up to the challenge as we get ready to welcome visitors for the Memorial Day weekend.

The power has been restored at West Park. The bait shop has been restocked and will be ready for customers through the holiday weekend, as will the East Park bait shop.

At this time, the lake at East Park remains under a harmful algal bloom warning. If that status changes heading into the weekend, we will update here and on our website. Until then, please continue to follow precautions if you visit East Park (Camp Hawk and West Park are not affected): www.kdhe.ks.gov/777/Harmful-Algal-Blooms
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Sunday nights storms made a dent on our three parks, but weve worked hard to clear debris the past two days to get the grounds ready for camping, fishing, hiking and more. Always proud of our staff here for being up to the challenge as we get ready to welcome visitors for the Memorial Day weekend. 

The power has been restored at West Park. The bait shop has been restocked and will be ready for customers through the holiday weekend, as will the East Park bait shop.

At this time, the lake at East Park remains under a harmful algal bloom warning. If that status changes heading into the weekend, we will update here and on our website. Until then, please continue to follow precautions if you visit East Park (Camp Hawk and West Park are not affected): https://www.kdhe.ks.gov/777/Harmful-Algal-Blooms

Opening the pool for the summer? Swimming pool chemicals are necessary to keep pools free of bacteria, but they can also be dangerous when mixed together or if not handled correctly. Check out these safety tips to #PreventPoison: ow.ly/lSJC50RpoAH. ... See moreSee less

We are currently experiencing an internet/phone outage at HMC. We apologize for the inconvenience and we are working hard to resolve this issue.

⚠️UPDATE: The outage is county wide and the service provider estimates for repairs to be completed by 2:30PM today. Thank you for your patience! 📞🔧
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STORM UPDATE: Thank you for your patience as we continue the recovery from Sunday night’s storm. City crews have been busy clearing major tree damage in parks and cemeteries, and clearing trees from streets as Evergy removes downed lines.

We have already begun some limb pickups along the snow route. Beginning Wednesday morning, we are bringing in our tree contractor, Alfred's Tree Service, to pick up in Area 1, and City staff will begin in Area 2. We understand not everyone will have their limbs ready, especially those whose trees are involved in power lines. Once we have completed one pass through the city, we will re-evaluate the situation and make additional pickups as needed.

Please pile your limbs as well as you can at the curb. City collection trucks can pick up tree pieces no larger than 10 feet long and three feet wide. Alfred's equipment can handle a bit bigger pieces, but your limbs are most likely to get picked up if you cut them to that size. If you leave limbs larger than that, they may be left behind, but don’t panic, we will work with you to get them removed.

📷: Power line repairs at 2nd and Main today
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It’s been a rough couple of days with Mother Nature for our county - thank you to everyone for your continued patience with everything - but now we’ve added sinkhole to the list.

This is on North Osage Road, north of Northeast 72nd Street. It’s a Walton Township road on the northeastern border of Harvey County. The road will remain open with barricades around the sinkhole, but we’ll continue to monitor to see if it expands. Please travel carefully on this road in the near future.It’s been a rough couple of days with Mother Nature for our county - thank you to everyone for your continued patience with everything - but now we’ve added sinkhole to the list.

This is on North Osage Road, north of Northeast 72nd Street. It’s a Walton Township road on the northeastern border of Harvey County. The road will remain open with barricades around the sinkhole, but we’ll continue to monitor to see if it expands. Please travel carefully on this road in the near future.
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It’s been a rough couple of days with Mother Nature for our county - thank you to everyone for your continued patience with everything - but now we’ve added sinkhole to the list. 

This is on North Osage Road, north of Northeast 72nd Street. It’s a Walton Township road on the northeastern border of Harvey County. The road will remain open with barricades around the sinkhole, but we’ll continue to monitor to see if it expands. Please travel carefully on this road in the near future.

A Tuesday update from Harvey County Emergency Management on storm damage and recovery efforts from Sunday's severe weather event:

Damage assessments have begun in Harvey County as cleanup continues. The Harvey County Appraiser's Office has begun assessing damage in Halstead and Burrton. Data will be collected over the next several days. The information allows us to submit reports to the Kansas Division of Emergency Management to determine if the county meets monetary thresholds to qualify for various aid and reimbursements.

The American Red Cross is also compiling damage assessments. The Red Cross has distributed clean-up and other supplies in the area. If residents need clean-up supplies, or have had significant damage to their home, contact the Red Cross at 1-800-redcross (1-800-733-2767).

Residents in unincorporated parts of the county can contact the Harvey County Planning, Zoning and Environmental Department for guidance on permitting for construction. Residents planning repairs that live in the floodplain should also contact the office. Permits are required for all structures. However, roofing and siding replacements do not require a permit. Residents within city limits should contact their respective city office for direction.

Some residents and businesses remain without power in Harvey County. As of 4 p.m., Evergy reported 1,544 customers remain affected by outages in the county. You can view updates from Evergy here: outagemap.evergy.com

The Harvey County Health Department remained closed Tuesday due to the power outage. It will attempt to reopen Wednesday at 8 a.m. All Harvey County Parks are open to visitors, but West Park remains without power. The West Park bait shop is closed until power is restored.

Some roadways remain closed due to downed power lines and debris. Closed roads include, but may not be limited to:

▪️ North River Park Road from West First Street to Northwest 12th Street
▪️ South Anderson Road from Southwest 36th Street to Southwest 60th Street
▪️ Southwest 14th Street from Cow Palace Road to South Plum Street
▪️ Southwest 24th Street from South Hoover Road to South West Road
▪️ Southwest 84th Street from South Sand Hill Road to South Prairie Lake Road.

The Harvey County Commission unanimously voted today to approve a local disaster emergency declaration, formalizing a verbal declaration issued this past Sunday.

(photo from utility workers repairing power poles and lines on Southwest 36th Street near Halstead)
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Updating on storm damage and recovery work from Sunday’s storms.A Tuesday update from Harvey County Emergency Management on storm damage and recovery efforts from Sunday's severe weather event:

Damage assessments have begun in Harvey County as cleanup continues. The Harvey County Appraiser's Office has begun assessing damage in Halstead and Burrton. Data will be collected over the next several days. The information allows us to submit reports to the Kansas Division of Emergency Management to determine if the county meets monetary thresholds to qualify for various aid and reimbursements.

The American Red Cross is also compiling damage assessments. The Red Cross has distributed clean-up and other supplies in the area. If residents need clean-up supplies, or have had significant damage to their home, contact the Red Cross at 1-800-redcross (1-800-733-2767).

Residents in unincorporated parts of the county can contact the Harvey County Planning, Zoning and Environmental Department for guidance on permitting for construction. Residents planning repairs that live in the floodplain should also contact the office. Permits are required for all structures. However, roofing and siding replacements do not require a permit. Residents within city limits should contact their respective city office for direction.

Some residents and businesses remain without power in Harvey County. As of 4 p.m., Evergy reported 1,544 customers remain affected by outages in the county. You can view updates from Evergy here: outagemap.evergy.com

The Harvey County Health Department remained closed Tuesday due to the power outage. It will attempt to reopen Wednesday at 8 a.m. All Harvey County Parks are open to visitors, but West Park remains without power. The West Park bait shop is closed until power is restored.

Some roadways remain closed due to downed power lines and debris. Closed roads include, but may not be limited to:

▪️ North River Park Road from West First Street to Northwest 12th Street
▪️ South Anderson Road from Southwest 36th Street to Southwest 60th Street
▪️ Southwest 14th Street from Cow Palace Road to South Plum Street
▪️ Southwest 24th Street from South Hoover Road to South West Road
▪️ Southwest 84th Street from South Sand Hill Road to South Prairie Lake Road.

The Harvey County Commission unanimously voted today to approve a local disaster emergency declaration, formalizing a verbal declaration issued this past Sunday.

(photo from utility workers repairing power poles and lines on Southwest 36th Street near Halstead)
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Updating on storm damage and recovery work from Sunday’s storms.

A Tuesday update from Harvey County Emergency Management on storm damage and recovery efforts from Sunday's severe weather event:

Damage assessments have begun in Harvey County as cleanup continues. The Harvey County Appraiser's Office has begun assessing damage in Halstead and Burrton. Data will be collected over the next several days. The information allows us to submit reports to the Kansas Division of Emergency Management to determine if the county meets monetary thresholds to qualify for various aid and reimbursements.

The American Red Cross is also compiling damage assessments. The Red Cross has distributed clean-up and other supplies in the area. If residents need clean-up supplies, or have had significant damage to their home, contact the Red Cross at 1-800-redcross (1-800-733-2767).

Residents in unincorporated parts of the county can contact the Harvey County Planning, Zoning and Environmental Department for guidance on permitting for construction. Residents planning repairs that live in the floodplain should also contact the office. Permits are required for all structures. However, roofing and siding replacements do not require a permit. Residents within city limits should contact their respective city office for direction.

Some residents and businesses remain without power in Harvey County. As of 4 p.m., Evergy reported 1,544 customers remain affected by outages in the county. You can view updates from Evergy here: outagemap.evergy.com

The Harvey County Health Department remained closed Tuesday due to the power outage. It will attempt to reopen Wednesday at 8 a.m. All Harvey County Parks are open to visitors, but West Park remains without power. The West Park bait shop is closed until power is restored.

Some roadways remain closed due to downed power lines and debris. Closed roads include, but may not be limited to:

▪️ North River Park Road from West First Street to Northwest 12th Street
▪️ South Anderson Road from Southwest 36th Street to Southwest 60th Street
▪️ Southwest 14th Street from Cow Palace Road to South Plum Street
▪️ Southwest 24th Street from South Hoover Road to South West Road
▪️ Southwest 84th Street from South Sand Hill Road to South Prairie Lake Road.

The Harvey County Commission unanimously voted today to approve a local disaster emergency declaration, formalizing a verbal declaration issued this past Sunday.

(photo from utility workers repairing power poles and lines on Southwest 36th Street near Halstead)A Tuesday update from Harvey County Emergency Management on storm damage and recovery efforts from Sunday's severe weather event:

Damage assessments have begun in Harvey County as cleanup continues. The Harvey County Appraiser's Office has begun assessing damage in Halstead and Burrton. Data will be collected over the next several days. The information allows us to submit reports to the Kansas Division of Emergency Management to determine if the county meets monetary thresholds to qualify for various aid and reimbursements.

The American Red Cross is also compiling damage assessments. The Red Cross has distributed clean-up and other supplies in the area. If residents need clean-up supplies, or have had significant damage to their home, contact the Red Cross at 1-800-redcross (1-800-733-2767).

Residents in unincorporated parts of the county can contact the Harvey County Planning, Zoning and Environmental Department for guidance on permitting for construction. Residents planning repairs that live in the floodplain should also contact the office. Permits are required for all structures. However, roofing and siding replacements do not require a permit. Residents within city limits should contact their respective city office for direction.

Some residents and businesses remain without power in Harvey County. As of 4 p.m., Evergy reported 1,544 customers remain affected by outages in the county. You can view updates from Evergy here: outagemap.evergy.com

The Harvey County Health Department remained closed Tuesday due to the power outage. It will attempt to reopen Wednesday at 8 a.m. All Harvey County Parks are open to visitors, but West Park remains without power. The West Park bait shop is closed until power is restored.

Some roadways remain closed due to downed power lines and debris. Closed roads include, but may not be limited to:

▪️ North River Park Road from West First Street to Northwest 12th Street
▪️ South Anderson Road from Southwest 36th Street to Southwest 60th Street
▪️ Southwest 14th Street from Cow Palace Road to South Plum Street
▪️ Southwest 24th Street from South Hoover Road to South West Road
▪️ Southwest 84th Street from South Sand Hill Road to South Prairie Lake Road.

The Harvey County Commission unanimously voted today to approve a local disaster emergency declaration, formalizing a verbal declaration issued this past Sunday.

(photo from utility workers repairing power poles and lines on Southwest 36th Street near Halstead)
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A Tuesday update from Harvey County Emergency Management on storm damage and recovery efforts from Sundays severe weather event: 

Damage assessments have begun in Harvey County as cleanup continues. The Harvey County Appraisers Office has begun assessing damage in Halstead and Burrton. Data will be collected over the next several days. The information allows us to submit reports to the Kansas Division of Emergency Management to determine if the county meets monetary thresholds to qualify for various aid and reimbursements.

The American Red Cross is also compiling damage assessments. The Red Cross has distributed clean-up and other supplies in the area. If residents need clean-up supplies, or have had significant damage to their home, contact the Red Cross at 1-800-redcross (1-800-733-2767).

Residents in unincorporated parts of the county can contact the Harvey County Planning, Zoning and Environmental Department for guidance on permitting for construction. Residents planning repairs that live in the floodplain should also contact the office. Permits are required for all structures. However, roofing and siding replacements do not require a permit. Residents within city limits should contact their respective city office for direction.

Some residents and businesses remain without power in Harvey County. As of 4 p.m., Evergy reported 1,544 customers remain affected by outages in the county. You can view updates from Evergy here: https://outagemap.evergy.com

The Harvey County Health Department remained closed Tuesday due to the power outage. It will attempt to reopen Wednesday at 8 a.m. All Harvey County Parks are open to visitors, but West Park remains without power. The West Park bait shop is closed until power is restored.

Some roadways remain closed due to downed power lines and debris. Closed roads include, but may not be limited to:

▪️ North River Park Road from West First Street to Northwest 12th Street
▪️ South Anderson Road from Southwest 36th Street to Southwest 60th Street
▪️ Southwest 14th Street from Cow Palace Road to South Plum Street
▪️ Southwest 24th Street from South Hoover Road to South West Road
▪️ Southwest 84th Street from South Sand Hill Road to South Prairie Lake Road.

The Harvey County Commission unanimously voted today to approve a local disaster emergency declaration, formalizing a verbal declaration issued this past Sunday.

(photo from utility workers repairing power poles and lines on Southwest 36th Street near Halstead)

We're getting a lot of calls from people demanding we call Evergy and get their power restored immediately. While we realize it is frustrating, there is nothing we can do. This was a very large storm and covered a huge area. They only have so many people and trucks even with help coming in from surrounding states, and are doing the best they can against overwhelming odds. So give them, and 911 Dispatchers, a break. ... See moreSee less

A Monday evening update from Harvey County Emergency Management on Sunday's severe weather that battered the county:

The US National Weather Service Wichita Kansas office conducted damage assessments and storm classifications on-site in the county today. Its report concluded that damage in Harvey County was caused by a derecho. The NWS measured straight-line wind gusts up to 72 mph, and estimated peak gusts may have reached 90 mph.

The cities of Burrton and Halstead declared local states of emergency today due to storm damages. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly also issued a verbal state disaster declaration today. Harvey County made a verbal disaster declaration Sunday night. These declarations aid with resource and aid coordination.

Several municipalities have announced plans for debris clean-up over the coming days. Please check with your respective city for more information, and be safe and smart when handling debris to avoid injury.

No storm-related injuries have been reported to Harvey County Communications through the duration of the severe weather event. However, several buildings were damaged throughout the county.

Several areas remain without power. Damage to utility equipment was extensive in our county and in the state.

You can find Evergy's outage information and updates here: outagemap.evergy.com/

South Halstead Road between U.S. Highway 50 and Southwest 30th Street was closed Monday afternoon to allow utility workers safety while resetting power lines and poles. There is no immediate timeline for the road to reopen.

"It's been a difficult 24 hours for our residents. They've also shown their resilience in this challenging situation," said Harvey County Commission Chair Becky Reimer. "We've had such a tremendous response from our first responders, our local public works employees and our utility teams. I'm extremely proud of their efforts around the clock in response to these storms."

(photo from damage to a hangar at the Newton City/County Airport)
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Latest update on storm damage assessments.A Monday evening update from Harvey County Emergency Management on Sunday's severe weather that battered the county:

The US National Weather Service Wichita Kansas office conducted damage assessments and storm classifications on-site in the county today. Its report concluded that damage in Harvey County was caused by a derecho. The NWS measured straight-line wind gusts up to 72 mph, and estimated peak gusts may have reached 90 mph.

The cities of Burrton and Halstead declared local states of emergency today due to storm damages. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly also issued a verbal state disaster declaration today. Harvey County made a verbal disaster declaration Sunday night. These declarations aid with resource and aid coordination.

Several municipalities have announced plans for debris clean-up over the coming days. Please check with your respective city for more information, and be safe and smart when handling debris to avoid injury.

No storm-related injuries have been reported to Harvey County Communications through the duration of the severe weather event. However, several buildings were damaged throughout the county.

Several areas remain without power. Damage to utility equipment was extensive in our county and in the state.

You can find Evergy's outage information and updates here: outagemap.evergy.com/

South Halstead Road between U.S. Highway 50 and Southwest 30th Street was closed Monday afternoon to allow utility workers safety while resetting power lines and poles. There is no immediate timeline for the road to reopen.

"It's been a difficult 24 hours for our residents. They've also shown their resilience in this challenging situation," said Harvey County Commission Chair Becky Reimer. "We've had such a tremendous response from our first responders, our local public works employees and our utility teams. I'm extremely proud of their efforts around the clock in response to these storms."

(photo from damage to a hangar at the Newton City/County Airport)
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Latest update on storm damage assessments.

A Monday evening update from Harvey County Emergency Management on Sunday's severe weather that battered the county:

The US National Weather Service Wichita Kansas office conducted damage assessments and storm classifications on-site in the county today. Its report concluded that damage in Harvey County was caused by a derecho. The NWS measured straight-line wind gusts up to 72 mph, and estimated peak gusts may have reached 90 mph.

The cities of Burrton and Halstead declared local states of emergency today due to storm damages. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly also issued a verbal state disaster declaration today. Harvey County made a verbal disaster declaration Sunday night. These declarations aid with resource and aid coordination.

Several municipalities have announced plans for debris clean-up over the coming days. Please check with your respective city for more information, and be safe and smart when handling debris to avoid injury.

No storm-related injuries have been reported to Harvey County Communications through the duration of the severe weather event. However, several buildings were damaged throughout the county.

Several areas remain without power. Damage to utility equipment was extensive in our county and in the state.

You can find Evergy's outage information and updates here: outagemap.evergy.com/

South Halstead Road between U.S. Highway 50 and Southwest 30th Street was closed Monday afternoon to allow utility workers safety while resetting power lines and poles. There is no immediate timeline for the road to reopen.

"It's been a difficult 24 hours for our residents. They've also shown their resilience in this challenging situation," said Harvey County Commission Chair Becky Reimer. "We've had such a tremendous response from our first responders, our local public works employees and our utility teams. I'm extremely proud of their efforts around the clock in response to these storms."

(photo from damage to a hangar at the Newton City/County Airport)A Monday evening update from Harvey County Emergency Management on Sunday's severe weather that battered the county:

The US National Weather Service Wichita Kansas office conducted damage assessments and storm classifications on-site in the county today. Its report concluded that damage in Harvey County was caused by a derecho. The NWS measured straight-line wind gusts up to 72 mph, and estimated peak gusts may have reached 90 mph.

The cities of Burrton and Halstead declared local states of emergency today due to storm damages. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly also issued a verbal state disaster declaration today. Harvey County made a verbal disaster declaration Sunday night. These declarations aid with resource and aid coordination.

Several municipalities have announced plans for debris clean-up over the coming days. Please check with your respective city for more information, and be safe and smart when handling debris to avoid injury.

No storm-related injuries have been reported to Harvey County Communications through the duration of the severe weather event. However, several buildings were damaged throughout the county.

Several areas remain without power. Damage to utility equipment was extensive in our county and in the state.

You can find Evergy's outage information and updates here: outagemap.evergy.com/

South Halstead Road between U.S. Highway 50 and Southwest 30th Street was closed Monday afternoon to allow utility workers safety while resetting power lines and poles. There is no immediate timeline for the road to reopen.

"It's been a difficult 24 hours for our residents. They've also shown their resilience in this challenging situation," said Harvey County Commission Chair Becky Reimer. "We've had such a tremendous response from our first responders, our local public works employees and our utility teams. I'm extremely proud of their efforts around the clock in response to these storms."

(photo from damage to a hangar at the Newton City/County Airport)
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A Monday evening update from Harvey County Emergency Management on Sundays severe weather that battered the county:

The US National Weather Service Wichita Kansas office conducted damage assessments and storm classifications on-site in the county today. Its report concluded that damage in Harvey County was caused by a derecho. The NWS measured straight-line wind gusts up to 72 mph, and estimated peak gusts may have reached 90 mph. 

The cities of Burrton and Halstead declared local states of emergency today due to storm damages. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly also issued a verbal state disaster declaration today. Harvey County made a verbal disaster declaration Sunday night. These declarations aid with resource and aid coordination.

Several municipalities have announced plans for debris clean-up over the coming days. Please check with your respective city for more information, and be safe and smart when handling debris to avoid injury.

No storm-related injuries have been reported to Harvey County Communications through the duration of the severe weather event. However, several buildings were damaged throughout the county.

Several areas remain without power. Damage to utility equipment was extensive in our county and in the state. 

You can find Evergys outage information and updates here: https://outagemap.evergy.com/ 

South Halstead Road between U.S. Highway 50 and Southwest 30th Street was closed Monday afternoon to allow utility workers safety while resetting power lines and poles. There is no immediate timeline for the road to reopen.

Its been a difficult 24 hours for our residents. Theyve also shown their resilience in this challenging situation, said Harvey County Commission Chair Becky Reimer. Weve had such a tremendous response from our first responders, our local public works employees and our utility teams. Im extremely proud of their efforts around the clock in response to these storms.

(photo from damage to a hangar at the Newton City/County Airport)

Travel alert for drivers near Halstead: South Halstead Road between U.S. Highway 50 and Southwest 30th Street will be closed to allow utility workers work space to reset power lines and poles.

Additionally, K-89 Highway has reopened.
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Nearly 35,000 residents call Harvey County home. The county landscape pairs picturesque country living with vibrant downtown shopping centers. Harvey County serves the cities of Burrton, Halstead, Hesston, Newton, North Newton, Sedgwick, and Walton, as well as 15 townships.

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