Flooding Concerns Continue Through Weekend

Flooding continues to be a concern in parts of southern and eastern Kansas after heavy rains caused some rivers and creeks to swell.

The Adjutant General's Department said in a news release Friday that Sedgwick County has requested 100,000 sandbacks to hold back floodwaters. Previously, Butler County requested 100,000 sandbags, and 6,000 sandbacks were sent to Harper County.

KAKEland Meteorologist Blake Smith says Southeast and South Central Kansas could receive 1 to 2 additional inches of rain from Friday night to Sunday afternoon. The area will remain under a Flash Flood watch through late Saturday night.

The Neosho River already is flooding from Erie to Oswego at almost 8 feet above flood stage. The Verdigris River has been receding and is expected to fall below flood stage Friday night in Independence and late Saturday morning in Coffeyville.

The National Weather Service and the US Geological Survey track river levels during periods of flooding. The USGS also offers a map showing what homes along the Cowskin Creek could be in danger during flooding. Check under 'Related Links' directly below this article for more information.

As of 6:00 Saturday morning, most rivers in S. Central Kansas were back below flood stage.

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