WICHITA, Kan-- We continue to count down the days to KAKE's 60th birthday. Weather has always been a priority at KAKE. That included 1959 when heavy rains hit the area.
When rain comes we're used to see sections of West Street covered in water. Not much has changed in sixty years. A summer storm in 1959 left much of north Wichita under water.
1959 was also an important year for flood protection. That's when the "Big Ditch" was completed. The project has protected Wichita from serious flooding for decades.