August 3rd - 9th Heavy Rain and Flooding (8/10/2013)

By: NWS Wichita

Several Rounds of Torrential Rain Leads to Significant Flooding

A stalled front along with favorable atmospheric conditions caused torrential rainfall to occur on the night of August 3rd, continuing into the early morning hours of August 4th. Rainfall amounts of more than 3 inches were reported in many areas. Hutchinson was the hardest hit with a large area of more than 5 inches over rain reported. Flash flooding along Cow Creek and its tributaries was a big concern, especially in the Hutchinson area.

Periods of heavy rain affected the same areas through August 9th continuing the flooding threat.



Event precipitation



 Images of Flooding Across the Area



Flooding near Clonmel, KS - Courtesy @chinook_


What NOT to do!! - Photo courtesy @Compulse

S. Sedgwick in Wichita, KS - Courtesy KAKE News



Flooding off Meridian Road in Wichita, KS - Courtesy KAKE News




Great bend, KS - Courtesy of John E. Smith


Great bend, KS - Courtesy of John E. Smith


Hutchinson, KS - Courtesy KAKE News


Hutchinson, KS - Courtesy KAKE News


Hutchinson, KS - Courtesy KAKE News


Near Jetmore, KS - Courtesy KAKE News 


River change in Wichita

The following pictures were taken at the Murdock Bridge in Wichita by Jan Doran

Taken July 29th

Taken July 30th

Taken August 5th





Flooding along the Little Arkansas River near Halstead

All pictures below were taken 8-7-13 by NWS Service Hydrologist Janet Salazar.

Flooding in a Field near highway K-89

Crop land field flooding near highway K-89

Water near buildings near highway K-89

Water less than 0.5 miles from highway 50

Halstead flood gate

Looking upstream on Main Street in Halstead

Looking south towards town at Main Street flood gate

Highway 50 at Halstead looding west

Little Arkansas River at Highway 50 looking west

Crop land flooding near Highway 50 near gauge site

Water over the road on Halstead Road by the R.D. Automotive.

Little Arkansas River looking downstream

Looking northward on Halstead Road bridge

Halstead Road flood gate

Riverside park on the north bank of the Little Arkansas river north of Halstead.


Flooding along the Arkansas River at Hutchinson

All pictures below were taken 8-8-13 by NWS Service Hydrologist Janet Salazar.



The swollen Arkansas River, looking downstream. The river had crested on August 7th at a stage of 8.25 ft. Water now receding.

The U.S. Geological Survey using sonar type instrument to take a river flow measurement. Gathering this type of flow measurement produces a rating table for the river. This amount of known flow can then correlate with a stage.

Arkansas River on Main St Bridge/Frank Hart Bridge looking downstream on left bank. Gage reading 7.18 ft on 8/8/13 late morning.

Arkansas River...seeing overflows on downstream right bank/south bank.

Viewing the Arkansas River upstream from the Main St Bridge.

Staff gage used as another type of instrument to gauge the height of the river.



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