Little Arkansas River overflows in Halstead

HALSTEAD, Kansas – “Brown soup” is what resident Mike Nightingale called the Little Arkansas River as it overflowed into Riverside Park Tuesday afternoon as he was walking his dogs.

“We usually take the dogs for a swim everyday, and today since it’s so high we can’t do that,” Nightingale said.

Although much of the state stayed dry, some places still dealt with the after-effects of flooding.

“The river’s overflowed and flooded the park,” Sam Griffin added. “It doesn’t happen that often.”

The river almost reached 18 feet, short of the 19 feet required to close the flood gates on Main Street in Halstead, city officials said. They did not anticipate any closures aside from the overflow into the park.

After watching recent flooding events in Lindsborg and other Kansas communities, Halstead residents say it wasn’t too long ago that they were the ones headed for higher ground, until a levee was constructed years ago.

“We used to flood terribly in this community,” Larry Williams said. “It was a real handicap for our community, but now with the flood control, thankfully we don’t have to worry about the flooding.”

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