Late night flash floods lead to crashes in Wichita

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WICHITA, Kan. - The long wait for a big rainstorm in Wichita ended during the night. But not everyone received a lot -- and in the places where a lot of rain fell all at once, it led to flooding problems.

Officers closed eastbound Kellogg for nearly two hours between midnight and 2 a.m. because of a crash at Oliver. Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ryan Tauer told reporters an 18-inch-deep pool of water built up on Kellogg under the Oliver bridge, which slowed two drivers and led them to collide.

No one was seriously hurt in the crash, but a child was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Wichita police say rain may be partly to blame for a collision downtown around 11 p.m. Thursday. A car struck a man walking across the street at Broadway and Douglas.

It's not clear yet who had the right of way. But the pedestrian was taken to a hospital, and is in fair condition.

The National Weather Service reported Mid-Continent Airport received 1.74 inches of rain during the early morning. It's already the rainiest day in Wichita since August 2013, and accounts for 40 percent of the city's total rainfall in 2014.

But other places were not as fortunate, even across town. People with rain gauges even a short distance from the airport told KAKE Meteorologist Frank Waugh they received very little rain.

Elsewhere in KAKEland, a spotter noticed egg-sized hail covering the ground near Zenda, in Kingman county. Hail and high winds were reported in stevens County. And Guymon, Oklahoma had the highest recorded wind gust in the country at 70 miles an hour.

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