Flooding causes evacuations and road closures in parts of Kansas

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LINDSBORG, Kansas — Emergency management workers will be out in Lindsborg assessing damage from flash flooding that forced several evacuations.

McPherson County emergency management director Dillard Webster says emergency crews had to evacuate about 35 to 40 people on Monday because of the flooding. The crews used boats to evacuate some of the residents. Only one injury was reported.

Between 4 and 5 inches of rain fell in about an hour Monday. City officials said a retention pond couldn’t hold all the water, causing flooding in the streets and about 50 homes on the town’s north side.

Heavy rains also caused problems across southeast Kansas, where many roads were covered.

In Reno County, the Cow Creek is flooding and overflowing into fields, and in Newton, Highway 50 from Meridian to Halstead is closed due to flood water.

East of Wichita in Eureka, a woman had to be rescued from her car when her vehicle was overtaken by water.

“Water was coming into her car and there was a call for help,” says Eureka resident Robert Knox. “Two forks of the river come together so there is a pretty good head of water coming across that bridge and it is a pretty long-span. They put barricades several hundred yards away from the bridge for a reason to keep people out.”

North of Peabody there are reports of water pouring into basements because of the flooding, and east of town there are barricades closing some roadways because of high water.

Parts of the Kansas turnpike were closed two different times Monday night because of the flooding between El Dorado and Emporia.

In El Dorado, flooding forced the city to close 13 intersections during the storm Monday night due to high water that averaged a foot deep in those areas.

All roads in El Dorado are open again.

At least two businesses in the downtown area had water in them.

The National Weather Service says the water was receding in much of the area early Tuesday but urged drivers to remain cautious.



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