More Flooding for Central Kansas (5/24/2007)

By: Chance Hayes

Significant flooding combined with wind and hail occured across Central Kansas

A nearly stationary boundary was set up across central Kansas. Thunderstorms which fired in a very unstable environment continued to track along the boundary continuously moving across the same area during the evening and overnight hours. With ample moisture to work with, the training storms yielded widespread rainfall amounts of over 6 inches and several locations receiving up to 8 inches. The highest rain total was 8.35 inches 1 mile east of Hutchinson.

Image 1 shows the radar estimtes for rainfall for this storm system.

Below, you will see the flooding reports that we received during the event.




Reno county:
PEOPLE TRAPPED IN CARS. VEHICLE RESCUES IN PROGRESS.

EVACUATION SHELTERS HAVE BEEN OPENED IN SOUTH HUTCHINSON. SOME LOCAL RESIDENT HAVE BEEN RESCUED FROM HOMES. TRAVEL IS NOT ADVISED IN THE HUTCHINSON AREA.



McPherson County:
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTS STREET FLOODING ACROSS ALL OF THE CITY.

WATER FLOWING INTO BASEMENTS.

LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTS THAT MOST ROADS IN THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE COUNTY ARE CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING. POLICE DISCOURAGING TRAVEL IN SOUTHERN PART OF COUNTY.

EMERGENCY MANAGMENT HAS CLOSED ALL COUNTY ROAD IN THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE COUNTY. THIS INCLUDES PAVED AND UNPAVED ROADS. NO TRAVEL IS ADVISED IN THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE COUNTY.



Marion County:
A NUMBER OF COUNTY ROADS HAVE BEEN CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING ACROSS MARION COUNTY.



Barton County:
HWY K-4 CLOSED AT CLAFLIN.

LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTS MODERATE STREET FLOODING IN NORTHWEST GREAT BEND. SOME STREETS HAVE BEEN CLOSED.



Saline County:
THE TOWNS OF HEDVILLE AND BAVARIA ARE IN THE PROCESS OF BEING EVACUATED DUE TO FLOOD WATERS.



Ellsworth County:
WATER REPORTED OVER MOST ROADS IN THE CITY OF ELLSWORTH.

LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTS THAT THE CITY OF KANOPOLIS IS NOW AN ISLAND. THE LOW ROAD OR AVE K AND HWY 111 NORTH OF KANOPOLIS IS CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER OVER THE ROADS. AREA RESIDENTS ARE SAND BAGGING.

LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTS THAT RAILROAD TRACKS WEST OF TOWN ARE CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER.

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