Heavy Rain and Widespread Flooding, May 5-7

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The same upper level low pressure system that helped to trigger shower and thunderstorm development across the Central Plains Friday night produced widespread heavy rain across the region Saturday and Sunday.  This caused extensive river flooding across northeastern Kansas, and ponding of water over roadways and low lying areas across the region.  Numerous reports of flooded roadways and homes were received. Precipitation had ended for the most part across eastern Kansas Monday afternoon, but a chance for showers and thunderstorms remains in the forecast across the region through Friday.

For more information about the latest river levels and forecasts, visit out Hydrology Page.  Most rivers across northeast Kansas that had flooded earlier this week have now fallen below flood stage, as of Thursday afternoon.  One river site continues to report flooding- the Neosho River at Neosho Rapids.

Kansas River from Sardou Bridge in Topeka morning of May 7.

Flooding east of Oakland Expressway to south of Kansas River, morning of May 7.

The Kansas River at Lawrence, Monday afternoon, May 7.

Local Storm Reports list adverse weather conditions that have occurred across Northeast Kansas, and were reported to the National Weather Service.

Daily rainfall graphics can be found by visiting our Daily Coop Map Page.

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Cooperative Observers, Automated Surface Observation Stations, and Storm Spotters all reported rainfall amounts during the period to the National Weather Service at Topeka.  Several Cooperative Observers also record and report river levels for local creeks and streams. A graphic of 48 hour rainfall totals can be found below.  Please note that this data is minimally quality controlled, and should not be used for official purposes. Rainfall amounts may seem lower than actually occured because flooding Monday morning may have left some of the observers unable to call in new 24 hour precipitation reports. Also, report times generally end around 7am, but rain continued throughout Monday morning across northeast Kansas.

Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.  Please stay tuned to your NOAA All-Hazards Radio and local media outlets for updates.

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