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For Immediate Release
February 17, 2021
Kate Flavin


Chairman Signs Disaster Emergency Declaration

(Sedgwick County, Kan.) – Chairman Pete Meitzner today signed a State of Local Disaster Emergency Declaration for Sedgwick County due to the effects of the extreme weather and cold. It is in effect from today and will remain in effect for seven days unless otherwise determined by the Board of County Commissioners. The Board of County Commissioners are expected to discuss this in the next few days.

Currently, residents are experiencing not only severely cold outdoor temperatures, which have led to strain on utility services, but also experiencing water damage, water main breaks, the need for warming stations, and seeing an increase in the demand for natural gas and electricity. Sedgwick County Emergency Management will gather information and evaluate the impacts of severe winter weather in Sedgwick County within the past week and over the next several days.

This action is in line with Governor Laura Kelly’s State of Disaster Emergency Proclamation from February 15, 2021 for the weather conditions.