UPDATE: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Emergency management workers will be out in Lindsborg assessing damage from flash flooding that forced several evacuations.
McPherson County emergency management director Dillard Webster says emergency crews had to evacuate about 35 to 40 people on Monday because of the flooding. The crews used boats to evacuate some of the residents. Only one injury was reported.
Between 4 and 5 inches of rain fell in about an hour Monday. City officials said a retention pond couldn't hold all the water, causing flooding in the streets and about 50 homes on the town's north side.
Heavy rains also caused problems across southeast Kansas, where many roads were covered. The National Weather Service says the water was receding in much of the area early Tuesday but urged drivers to remain cautious.
Monday, July 29, 2013
First responders have been in and out of a flooded area in Lindsborg all day, rescuing people by boat and dealing with major damage to homes.
The city administrator says the town got four and half to five inches of rain in about half an hour Monday afternoon. He says the runoff collected in two subdivisions in the northwest part of town.
"I was able to wade in and behind the house the water was up to my waist and I'm 6'10 so that's like four feet deep and I was able to get into the house and there was probably three inches of water in the house," Lindsborg resident March Anderson said.
Several people did have to be rescued from their homes by boat.
The Red Cross set up a shelter at the Lindsborg High School but staff says so far everyone displaced from their home already had another place to stay and didn't need their services.
The flood zone is closed off and crews are expected to be back out there Tuesday morning to assess the damage.