Ground saturated by rain in north central Kansas

The ground in north central Kansas is swollen by recent heavy rains but Tuesday sunshine is helping the water recede from roadways.

“Rain Over Fields of Gold”, Kansas, May 2008

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RENO COUNTY, Kan. -- Some parts of north central Kansas received 5 inches of rain Sunday and Monday leading to some flooded roadways. Reno and McPherson County Emergency Management officials say all roads were clear by Tuesday morning but the ground is saturated.

Creeks, rivers and ditches are still rain swollen and it will be some time before farmers can get back into their now muddy fields. Tuesday's sunshine is helping the water recede but there is more rain in the forecast for Wednesday night.

At the Fun Valley Sports Complex in Hutchinson crews were busy Tuesday pumping water out of flooded ball field dugouts. They had just a few hours to get several ball diamonds ready for high school league play. "We have to get Hobart ready and Carey Park too for .. a Monarch's game", said Brandon Berry, who works for the city helping maintain the sports fields. "We have six diamonds today that have games on them. We have to get the fields ready too because there are puddles on them."

Although the official rainfall total for Hutchinson Monday night into Tuesday was 2 1/2 inches, social media reports show some parts of Hutchinson received as much as 4 inches of rain.

McPherson Emergency Management officials say creeks and rivers are holding steady. And they say as long as we don't get significant rain in the next couple of days, things will be fine. However, a flood watch was issued Tuesday afternoon by the National Weather Service that includes several north central and south central Kansas counties for the period from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning.


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