Rain leads to minor flooding and crashes

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PRATT COUNTY, Kan. (KAKE) -

There were some flight delays in the early afternoon Monday as rainy weather moved into Kansas. But it was not only the Wichita metro area that had problems with wet weather.

Some of the worst rainfall happened in Pratt County. The town of Preston had more than five inches of rain, with water lapping at doors on Main Street. The Preston Emergency Manager credited Township 6 firefighters and volunteers on Facebook for helping with sandbags.

Even after waters started to recede Monday night, flooding was still evident. One Pratt Community College student training to be a lineman admitted he was not used to seeing this much rain. 

"I was kind of shocked," Dustin Smith said. "I'm not used to it raining this much around here. It was dry, and I'm just glad I didn't have to climb poles today because it was raining."

In Kingman County, a reporting station north of Nashville reported 5.1 inches of rain as of Monday night.

In the Wichita metro area, a number of car crashes caused by hydroplaning led to traffic backups.  The worst of them was on Kellogg near the Interstate 235 interchange. The National Weather Service estimated Wichita could receive more than two inches of total rain by Tuesday evening.

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