Flooding northwest of Hutchinson


Rural residents are dealing with flooding from Cow Creek Tuesday northwest of Hutchinson due to severe weather throughout the state.

Jake Engelland is one of the residents north west of Hutchinson in Rice County. In preparation for the flooding he says he moves all of their farm equipment onto higher ground so it doesn't get damaged.

"Just everything we use," he said. "Then, I mean some of that burnt up stuff just stays there just because we can't move it."

They have several pieces of farm equipment in their front yard that they use in their fields. He said they have to move all of it almost every time it rains.

"I think it's flooded three times in the past six months or something like that, where we've had to pull everything out," Engelland said.

Cow Creek is near his home and he said that's what causes most of the flooding. So much so that they have to do some building to keep the water away.

"We build like a dam on the south side of the shop and let the water come I guess," he said.

In a sheet given to KAKE News by Reno County Emergency Management from the National Weather Service in Wichita, showed the creeks water level at about 7 feet.

According to the sheet, the weather service expects the creek to crest at 11.2 feet over the next few days with the rain that's on the way. This is nearly two feet over flood level.

"The areas that are prone to flooding here are usually along the cow creek area and that's the area we're watching right now and they know it's coming," said Adam Weishaar, director of Reno County Emergency Management. "These people deal with this every single year and nothing really changes."

The sheet also included a list of closed roads that Weishaar said were closed in preparation for the rain that is on the way.

"We pretty much know what's going to happen," he said.

Engelland said their house has never been an issue when it comes to flooding.

"The worst flood came about 2-3 feet from the yard," he said.

According to Engelland, some water got in their basement but they were able to pump it out.

As for their front yard, he said it usually takes them a couple hours to get everything done.

The equipment gets moved, the dam gets built, and then everything gets moved right back to where it was after the water recedes.

"Yeah, it's a pain," he said