Flood waters in Pratt close city park

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PRATT, Kan. (KAKE) -

Storms last night in western Kansas flooded some parts of the state. With an estimated 6 to 8 inches of rain, some places in Pratt were even shut down. Both Amber Chisham and her son are looking for new cars after theirs flooded Tuesday night, "I panicked a little bit because I didn't know who to call to see if he was okay because he wasn't answering his phone."

Winds reached up to 60 miles per hour in Pratt. Hail was coming down heavily for several minutes. The main damage came from flood waters. An estimated 6 to 8 inches of rain fell leaving the Ninnescah river rushing out of its banks. 

"The park is shut down because we do have this safety issue. We don't want citizens here trying to use our walking trail and not be able to get in to the water and not get out of it," says Bruce Pinkall, the Pratt City Manager. 

Pinkall says the city tries to be proactive when storms come through Pratt, but his main concern is safety, "try to serve them and make their experience with this storm safe and not have to worry about anything but their family and their home." 

Chisham says her family learned a valuable lesson, "I would definitely say to be aware of your surroundings and make sure that if there's water, turn around, don't drive through it." 

The Pratt city park is now open again.