Continued heavy rainfall in west Wichita has created the possibility of residential flooding that could equal or exceed flood levels of the Halloween Flood of 1998.
The City of Wichita Fire Department and Sedgwick County Emergency Management have begun alerting residents in west Wichita subdivisions about the possible flooding dangers.
Those subdivisions, located in the Cowskin Creek Basin, include the Dell, Hidden Lakes, Rainbow Lakes, Breezy Point and the area around Lynndale and 119th Streets.
Heavy rains over the past 24 hours have created the need for extreme caution and alertness, according to Chris Carrier, City of Wichita Public Works Director.
“We’ve had eight inches of rain in parts of the Cowskin Creek basin in one day,” Carrier said. “By comparison, the Halloween flood of 1998 was caused by eight inches of rain in two days.”
The intense rain has caused Dry Creek to climb to within one foot of flood levels that would divert water into Wichita, one of the key contributors to the 1998 flood, he said.
Depending on individual circumstances, residents should consider actions from evacuation to protection of property, Carrier said.