Kansas National Guard still hauling water to residents near Perry Lake


LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Two months after Perry Lake flooded, the Kansas National Guard continues to deliver water to residents in a nearby village – and the effort could continue until mid-September.

The Guard has delivered 1.3 million gallons of water to Lakeside Village because the community’s water well pumps are submerged after flooding in May at Perry Lake, about 1 mile from the village.

Jane Welch, spokeswoman for the Adjutant General, says six guardsmen, using three trucks, are hauling 40,000 gallons of water every day to about 150 homes.

The U.S. Geological Survey said on Wednesday, Perry Lake Heavy reached 921.14 feet, its highest level in 26 years.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the Federal Emergency Management Agency is paying for the water hauling because Jefferson County is part of a federal disaster declaration.

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