Ellinwood residents assessing flood damage

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ELLINWOOD, Kansas – Residents in Ellinwood are cleaning up after a waist-high water affected several areas of town Sunday.

“Right now, we’re picking up railroad ties that floated down the streets, some of them were three blocks away,” said Jared Lelke, Ellinwood resident.

Almost six inches of rain in less than an hour this weekend damaged many basements filling them water. Many will have to be pumped out and gutted.

“It was wet. We had lots of phone calls because our renters basements were filling up pretty rapidly with water. We had four completely head deep plum full of water,” said Richard Doll, owner

Officials for City of Ellinwood have brought in pumps to clear the water in the north side of town and are looking to make plans in the future that would allow for more drainage in heavy rainfall.

“We’re going to have some type of study group, and probably, we’ll talk to some engineering firms and see if there’s anything we can do to alleviate it,” said Frank Koelsch, Ellinwood mayor.

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