Early-Morning Storm Challenges Drivers

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

A line of storms moved across Kansas before dawn Thursday, adding to flood concerns and challenging some drivers.

A driver in west Wichita dodged a flooded intersection by going onto the sidewalk, during a live report by KAKE's Jordan Shefte. Others thought they could move around flooding by cutting across grass, only to become stuck in mud.

At least four cars became waterlogged on Murdock Street, at the north edge of downtown. And city crews closed Meridian to traffic south of Harry, in the same area which had serious rain-inducted flooding last Sunday.

The National Weather Service reported 1.45 inches of rain fell on Maize in a 25-minute period before sunrise.

The storm may provide the moisture to completely refill Cheney Reservoir. One KAKE viewer about one-and-a-half miles from the lake reported receiving 2.1 inches of rain in a short amount of time. Cheney is now overcapacity as of Thursday morning.

Westar Energy reported about 3,100 Sedgwick County customers lost power at the height of the storm.

Outside Wichita, the storm caused a vehicle to go off Highway 160 west of Protection. Arkansas City reported nearly 1.5 inches of rain at City Hall.

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