Franklin County Emergency Management is continuing to monitor the severe winter storm that impacted Franklin County overnight and today. Emergency Management has met with or called EMS, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Public Works,  Franklin County cities and the American Red Cross to coordinate any needs following the storm.

There are over 3,500 customers with power outages in Franklin County. We are continuing to work with Kansas City Power & Light, Lyon-Coffey Rural electric and the City of Pomona to restore power. Currently Wellsville is completely without power.

Franklin County Public Works has worked through the night plowing snow on the blacktop roads and are now plowing the gravel roads.  They anticipate it will take 18-24 hours to complete snow removal from all County roads. Only one minor injury accident and seven slide-offs have been reported so far to the Franklin County Sheriff’s office.

The Franklin County Emergency Management Office continues to discourage travel during the remainder of this storm. If you must travel please take some precautions. Make sure you have a full tank of gas, plenty of warm clothes, a charged cell phone, a shovel, and sand or cat litter. Let someone know where you are going and what route you will be taking.

Please continue to monitor The Ottawa Herald and KOFO AM 1220 for updates.  If you have Internet you may want to visit these sites:  or

For more safety tips you can go to and click on Emergency Management where you will find several links that can provide valuable information.

— Alan Radcliffe, Director Franklin County Emergency Management