Flooding is a good thing for Rooks County

ROOKS COUNTY, Kansas – Heavy rains Wednesday caused some issues for Rooks County.

“I think we’ve got a few county roads that are washed out a little,” said Rooks County Emergency Manager Butch Post.

The extra moisture was still a welcome sight for the county. Storms on Wednesday brought close to 5-inches of rain to an area that has been under a drought warning for some time.

“It’s good for us, it’d be better if it came in a little slower so it would soak in, but it does fill the ponds and all that stuff you know for the cattle and for all the farmers and all that stuff so they don’t have to haul water to their cattle anymore,” said Post.

It’s a major change from what people have seen in the area lately, and much of this rain soaked in quickly. Bow creek is about a 150 yards from where the edge of the flooding was and around eight am the entire field surrounding the creek was under water, and it’s receded so quickly because of the dry conditions.

It caused a bit of a tourist attraction, as residents were stopping by to see the transformation from nearly dry on Wednesday, to overflowing Thursday.

“Yeah, usually when it comes up like that it stays around a lot longer, everything’s so dry it just soaked in,” said Steve Schick a Phillipsburg resident.
While the rain is welcomed, more rain to the already saturated ground could create more flooding.

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