UPDATE: Overnight Flooding Brings Road Closures, Evacuations

By: KAKE First Alert Forecast Center Email
By: KAKE First Alert Forecast Center Email
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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Tremendous rainfall hit parts of KAKEland overnight, causing road closures, evacuations and flooding.

In Hutchinson, where nearly 6 inches of rain has fallen, a nursing home off 23rd Street was evacuated early this morning because of water that was coming into many of the residents' rooms. Staff say about 120 residents were taken to either a local hospital, a nearby skilled nursing facility or to a shelter set up by the Red Cross at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church at 612 S. Maple in South Hutchinson.

Numerous roads in town were turned into rivers. Residential streets near 1st and Pershing and 4th and K61 were almost completely washed out. Several cars stalled out in the middle of the road and were left abandoned. Road blocks were put up to keep people from trying to drive through the floodwater.

Reno County Emergency Management says the County Commission has made a local "Declaration of Disaster" due to flooding.

Emergency Management in Rice County reports significant flooding near Cow Creek and in Saxman. Fire officials are asking residents to evacuate. The Red Cross has set up a shelter at Celebration Center in Lyons.

Earlier this morning, Highway 56 was covered with high water in Barton County. There were numerous reports of stalled cars along Highway 56. Also, some basements were reportedly flooded. Great Bend reported more than 3 inches of rain.

Barton County Emergency Management reported Antelope Creek south of Great Bend is out of its banks.

In Wichita, more than 3 inches has fallen so far. There were several reports of street flooding, including South Meridian being shut down from Harry to Pawnee. There were also flooding problems at West Street and Pawnee, and Meridian between Main Street and 77th Street North in Valley Center. Sedgwick County dispatchers said crews will place barricades near areas of significant flooding. Several traffic lights around Wichita were either flashing red or out altogether. Those intersections should be treated as four-way stops.

At 2 p.m., Westar Energy reported about 25 outages in Sedgwick County and 100 in Reno County.

Good news for Western Kansas: Garden City and Dodge City received more than an inch of rain overnight. Even better, 6 miles SSE of Jetmore, five inches of rain was reported.

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Heavy rain began to taper late this morning, leaving behind a chance for isolated storms this afternoon and tonight.

Through much of Sunday, flood warnings remain in effect for Barton, Butler, Edwards, Ellis, Ellsworth, Harvey, Lincoln, McPherson, Pawnee, Reno, Rice, Rush, Russell, Saline, Sedgwick and Stafford Counties.

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Notable rainfall totals as of 2 p.m.:

Nickerson - 7.01"
Ellinwood - 6.45" - city filling sandbags for residents
Hutchinson (airport) - 5.91"
Claflin - 4.74"
Mount Hope - 3.94"
Wichita - 3.47" - River flood warning until 2 p.m. Wednesday

Those numbers are expected to fluctuate.

Cheney reservoir reports water levels at 78.58 percent.

Road closures in Hutchinson:

- NW 60th St and Whitewater Rd

- Sallee, north of 82nd to 108th

- Wilson, south of 82nd to 69th

- 95th, Wilson to Dean

- 43rd, from Pennington to Hendricks

- Pennington, 50th to Nickerson Blvd

- 69th, Pennington to Wilson

- 82nd to 95th on Wilson

- 50th, Wilson to Pennington

- Woodberry, 30th to 43rd

- Pennington, 50th to 82nd

- 69th, Hendricks to Wilson

- Multiple roads in the Little Arkansas area are passable but damaged

- Road washed out on 56th between Victory and Rayl

- Bridge closed at 56th and Victory due to damage

Release from the Kansas Adjutant General's Office:

Localized flooding occurred Saturday night and is continuing this morning (Sunday) in parts of Central Kansas.

Kansas Division of Emergency Management officials are urging Kansans to be cautious if planning to travel in or out of these areas or any areas with heavy rainfall, and to monitor local weather reports.

Flash flooding may occur during any significant rainfall and quickly affect rural roadways and city streets as well as major highways causing enough water over the surface to create a hazard for driving or walking.

County emergency managers in Reno, Barton, and Rice counties are reporting several areas with flooded streets and county roads. In Reno County, evacuations of two elder care facilities have occurred due to flooding and a shelter has been opened; in Rice County, evacuations are urged for residents along Cow Creek and a shelter has been opened; and in Barton County, sandbagging is underway in some areas.

According to local emergency management officials in Reno County, Elmwood Care Facility was evacuated because of water in the facility. Approximately 150 residents were taken to Hutchinson Regional Medical Facility or to a local shelter depending on their needs. In addition, the Dillon Living Center was evacuated this morning and residents taken to the Hutchison Regional Medical Facility. A shelter has been opened at Our Lady of Guadalupe at 612 South Maple in Hutchinson. Approximately 20 individuals were in the shelter as of 11 a.m. today. Kansas MERGe (Medical Emergency Response Group – EMS) has been assisting with evacuations along with support from nearby counties including Butler, Harvey, McPherson, Rice, and Sedgwick.

In addition, Reno County officials report flooding has affected some homes resulting in a collapsed foundation of one residence. Several rescues of individuals in vehicles caught in street flooding have also occurred. There are scattered reports of power outages.

In Rice County, emergency management officials are going door to door along Cow Creek urging residents to evacuate because the creek has risen seven feet since 6 a.m. today and is predicted to peak tomorrow at 18.5 feet. Rice County officials have set up a shelter at Celebration Center of Rice County located at 1145 E. Highway 56, in Lyons, Kan. Some county roads are closed with street flooding specifically in the towns of Lyons, Sterling and Bushton and county officials are discouraging travel throughout the county at this time.

In Barton County, the city of Ellinwood is reporting flooding on downtown streets and the county has provided sandbags for residents to pick up from a parking lot at 518 E. Santa Fe Blvd. In Great Bend, Clafin, and Hoisington, the local county emergency management officials report flooded streets, with some water over roadways in rural areas.

Lyon County has had flooding problems in the past week in and around the city of Emporia. Those areas are still affected with some county roads remaining closed today. For information on road closures, check with local officials before traveling and for information on state highways, check the Kansas Department of Transportation website (http://511.ksdot.org).

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