Days of rain leads to flooding in parts of Kansas

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP/KAKE) -

Several Kansas communities are closing roads as rain-swollen creeks and rivers begin to overflow their banks.

The National Weather Service says up to 8 inches of rain has fallen since Friday and up to 3 inches more are possible through Wednesday morning.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says flooding will close the train's route between Hutchinson and Topeka through Wednesday morning. He says Amtrak will run buses for customers at the stop in Newton.

Flood watches have been issued for most of central and eastern Kansas as forecasts call for several rivers and creeks to crest above flood stage Tuesday and Wednesday. Water is expected to inundate farmland near Wichita and some homes in the Hutchinson area. Roads also are closing in the Salina and Emporia area.

Flooded roadway closures here

Central Plains USD 112 evacuated middle school students in Bushton to the high school in Claflin due to flooding of roads and parking lots. Parents were able to pick up their children at 1:45 p.m.

Water also is expected to inundate farmland near Wichita.


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Days of wet and rainy weather has led to flood warnings across the state, some lasting through the end of the week. 

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In Kingman County, the sheriff said Tuesday that two homes had to be evacuated because access was blocked by floodwater. All highways were still open, but authorities closed township roads and one county road. 

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Reno County commissioners declared a local disaster due to the flooding. 

"Cow Creek is a particular concern due to the amount of rainfall, how much water is in the creek now, and the water coming down from Rice County," Reno County Emergency Management said in a news release. "Cow Creek is forecasted to crest at 12.4 feet on Saturday, October 13, 2018."

Anyone in an are prone to flooding is advised to come up with a plan and evaluate whether to evacuate. 

"If you choose not to evacuate, the first responders will not risk their safety to come to you unless there is a life safety concern," Management said. 

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In Newton a jackknifed semi caused traffic delays in the southbound lanes of I-135. 

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In west Wichita, a school bus driver went into a ditch while turning around to avoid flooding near the Cowskin Creek. No students were on board. 

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Saline County officials were preparing to close the following roads Tuesday:

  • North 9th Street between Euclid Avenue and I-70
  • West State Street between Broadway Boulevard and K-140 (old US-40)
  • K-140 (old US-40) from Broadway to I-135
  • West State Street and West North Street west of Old US-40
  • West Cloud Street near Cherokee Street 

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Flood warning info from the National Weather Service