Storms wreak havoc on South-Central Kansas

Matthew Harding
May 24, 2019 - 11:33 pm

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Stop us if you've heard this before...but, it rained in Wichita and south-central Kansas on Friday. 

A lot. 

Radar estimated between 3-5 inches of rain fell in an area along the Kansas Turnpike, including Wichita, and into the Flint Hills. The water immediately went into flooding streets, creeks, streams and mainstem rivers. At one point Friday afternoon, the City of Wichita was under a 'Flash Flood Emergency,' a rarely-issued warning that stresses the signficance of flooding. Many roads were temporarily blocked in the affected areas, and cars were washed out as a result of being caught in the rapidly rising water. 

The storms were bad in Butler County, where strong winds blew part of the roof of a building on to near by homes, plus brought down trees and power lines in Douglass. There were no injuries. 

In nearby Rose Hill, two kids, ages 8 and 11, were rushed to Wesley Medical Center after being run over by a car while playing in flood waters. This happened around 5 Friday evening in the 900 block of Rose Hill road. KSN News reports one of boys in critical condition, the other in serious condition. Police say the boys were playing in the water when the boys were hit by a vehicle driving by. 

Officials in Greenwood County say residents who live below the Fall River Dam should evacuate immediately, thanks to record levels of water being released from the dam, which will cause widespread flooding. They have a shelter set up at the Jefferson Street Baptist Church in Eureka.  

If you're a duck, or just love free water, more rain is in the forecast through the remainder of the holiday weekend and a flash flood watch is in effect until 7 Sunday morning. 

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