As the area has been inundated with rain of late, the City of Great Bend has remained relatively unscathed, City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night, due in large part to the levee system encircling the community.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public comment period for two proposed oil wells inside the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Refuge came to an end July 14. The vast majority of comments collected indicate public concern for the wildlife that inhabits and uses the wetlands area as a migration stop-over. Overwhelmingly, both private individuals and governmental organizations ask the applications by H&C Oil Operating, Inc. and L.D. Drilling, Inc. be denied.
When communities are flooded, homeowners' and businesses' first response is to ensure the safety of loved ones and staff and then prevent as much damage as possible and in the days following, everyone's focus turns to the clean-up effort and getting all utilities in working order.
For Ellinwood residents only, the Red Cross will be providing Emergency Clean Up Kits which include bucket, floor squeegees, mops, bleach, gloves, masks, and bug spray. They will be available Tuesday afternoon at the City Office.
As many Ellinwood residents continued their soggy clean-up and area farmers dealt with the muddy aftermath following Sunday's flooding, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a disaster declaration covering the entire county.