Search and rescue operation underway in Norton Co. after flooding

Flooding in Norton County. (Courtesy: Norton Co. Emergency Management Facebook Page)

NORTON COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Officials in Norton County are conducting a search and rescue operation after localized flooding Saturday.

According to a press release from the Norton County Sheriff’s Office, they received a report of a vehicle washed from the roadway by floodwaters east of Lenora. Officials with the Sheriff’s office and Solomon Valley Fire Department began searching for the vehicle, which was located early Sunday morning. Rescuers still cannot access the vehicle, due to fast-moving waters and floating debris.

The occupant of the vehicle has not yet been located. Sheriff Troy M. Thomson says officials are calling the operation a search and rescue at this time.

Norton Co. Flooding photo courtesy Norton County Emergency Management (Facebook).
Norton Co. Flooding photo courtesy Norton County Emergency Management (Facebook).

Rescuers also assisted two motorists in a separate water rescue Saturday night. Just before 11:30 p.m., the Norton County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car that had been swept off K-9 highway by floodwaters near Edmond. That vehicle was located, and two occupants were rescued from a tree by the Logan Fire Department.

Parts of Northcentral Kansas received anywhere from five to seven inches of rain last night. Northwest Kansas could also see localized flooding Sunday night.

Norton Co. Flooding photo courtesy Norton County Emergency Management (Facebook).
Norton Co. Flooding photo courtesy Norton County Emergency Management (Facebook).

As the region braces for more rain, officials with Norton County Emergency Management posted this statement to their Facebook page:

With the possibility of additional rain this evening in these saturated areas, do not take a chance on driving through flooded water. There could be a 6 foot crevice underneath that will pull your vehicle down. We have had several high water rescues going on from last night and are working on having a rescue team on standby if it is needed tonight. There have been several homes that have received water damage, or the water is approaching, but for the most part the flooding has receded some. Stay alert if the storms produce heavy rain this evening and make sure you have multiple way of receiving warnings. Talk with your family and make a plan now if there is a possibility you may have to leave your home.

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