The Kansas Emergency Management Division took a break between last week and this week's back-to-back winter storms to tally up numbers from their emergency response.
Below is what they came up with, in terms of National Guard and State Highway Patrol.
Kansas National Guardsmen – 28 soldiers in 14 Humvees – searched 800 miles of highways during last week's winter storm for motorists in need of aid. They offered rides to hotels or water and food to travelers stranded along three roads:
- Interstate 70 between Salina and Ellis;
- U.S. 54 between Minneola and Pratt
- U.S. 400 from Bucklin to Dodge City
Additionally, the Kansas Highway Patrol placed 235 troopers on duty through the worst of last week's storm. Troopers responded to 106 non-injury accidents, 15 injury accidents and 1,400 calls for assistance from motorists who, among other things, had slid off the road, found themselves stranded, needed tows or spotted abandoned vehicles.
Last week's storm dumped 10 to 14 inches of snow across much of Kansas. Wichita came within 0.8 inches of breaking the 1962 record for that city. It recorded 14.2 inches last week.
On Monday, more emergency workers deployed in Kansas as a second powerful winter storm swept through.
Source: Kansas Adjutant General's Department