Flood problems still plague Belle Plaine Township roads

Roads in Belle Plaine Township still face flooding problems after recent rains. (Photo: KSN/Chris Arnold)
Roads in Belle Plaine Township still face flooding problems after recent rains. (Photo: KSN/Chris Arnold)

BELLE PLAINE TOWNSHIP, Kan. (KSNW) – While most of the residents of south central Kansas have dried out from recent heavy rains, some areas are still having trouble because of flooding.

Residents of the Belle Plaine Township near Mulvane contacted KSN to complain about the conditions of their roads. In looking into their concerns, KSN learned there are only two regular workers to cover the township’s 41-square-mile area.

Belle Plaine Township
Belle Plaine Township

To address the issue, two additional workers have been hired. But, is that enough?

Orvetta Quisenberry is frustrated.

“The berm is totally stopped up,” said Quisenberry.

It’s been five days since the latest heavy round of flooding and her neighborhood is still under water.

“It’s just when the water comes there is no place for it to run off, because that berm needs to be cleaned out,” Quisenberry said.

Other resident have tried to clean out the berm before, Quisenberry said, but it isn’t their responsibility. That job falls to the Belle Plaine Township.

‘This here, we still don’t know how deep it is,” said David Armstrong, the trustee in charge of the Belle Plaine Township. He said the area has received anywhere between 16-20 inches of rain in the past month.

“We’re putting Band-Aids where needed, a lot of these are bus routes and as you see behind me this is also a bus route, a main road and it’s just terrible, it’s just wiped out,” Armstrong said.

He says the entire area of the township has been affected by the flooding, so he is prioritizing which areas to tackle first. But, the money and resources just aren’t there.

“Right now, there is my grader man and me as a trustee helps him,” Armstrong said. “I would say the small dump truck that the township has, one load of that material, with my labor and material and gas is probably 500-dollars a load. And if everything gets flooded totally, what are you going to do then?”

Both Armstrong and Quisenberry say they’re crossing their fingers they don’t have to deal with anymore heavy rain in the coming days, hoping they’ll catch a break and have some time to make repairs and changes to the areas that have already been hit hard.

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