Kansas Kansas Grain Elevator Explosion (EM-3126)

Incident period: June 8, 1998
Emergency Declaration declared on June 9, 1998

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

September 2, 1998
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Emergency declaration issued for Kansas on June 9,1998 as a result of the DeBruce grain elevator explosion has been amended. Harvey and Sedgewick counties are now eligible for federal disaster aid under the Public Assistance program's emergency protective measures category.
June 16, 1998
News Release
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials are praising the efforts of a Lincoln-based Urban Search & Rescue Task Force who dug for four days and nights through the wreckage of a Kansas grain elevator in search of at least four missing workers. "We are so proud of the job the Nebraska task force did in Kansas," said John A. Miller, regional director for FEMA Region VII, based in Kansas City, Mo. "Their courage and dedication to an unbelievably difficult job was really something to see."
June 15, 1998
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The search operation for a missing worker at the DeBruce Grain Company's grain elevator in Haysville, Kansas, ended on June 14. The worker is still missing and not believed to be alive. The Urban Search and Rescue Task Force deployed for this mission has returned to Nebraska.
June 12, 1998
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Search and rescue operations at the DeBruce Grain Co. elevator in Haysville, KS, were temporarily suspended last night after support shoring gave way, allowing grain to spill into a tunnel where rescuers are looking for a missing worker. The shoring was used to prop up a damaged hatch on the bottom of a huge grain bin full of millet. Rescuers in the area experienced no injuries or entrapment at the time of the incident. Operations resumed a short time later following re-shoring and an inspection by safety officers.
June 10, 1998
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A federal emergency declaration has been approved to allow the transport and use of equipment and personnel to search for four missing workers at an explosion at the DeBruce Grain elevator in Sedgwick County, Kan., yesterday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) activated the Lincoln, Neb., Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Task Force and other personnel to the scene.
June 9, 1998
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reported today that federal disaster teams have deployed to Kansas to assist emergency rescue operations in the wake of yesterday's grain elevator explosion in Sedgwick County. FEMA Director James Lee Witt said the action was authorized by President Clinton under an emergency declaration issued today immediately after receiving the state's expedited request for federal assistance.


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