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Posted: Sunday, 04 August 2013 8:21AM

Overnight Flooding Brings Road Closures, Evacuations



     WICHITA, Ks. - Tremendous rainfall hit parts of KAKEland overnight, causing road closures, evacuations and flooding.

     In Hutchinson, a nursing home at 23rd and Severance was evacuated early this morning because of high water. Numerous roads and stalled cars were also reported in Hutchinson.

     As of 6am, Highway 56 was covered with high water in Barton County. There were numerous reports of stalled cars along Highway 56. Also, some basements were reportedly flooded.

     In Wichita, between 2 and 3 inches of rain fell overnight. Great Bend reported more than 3 inches of rain. There were several reports of street flooding, mainly in the 1900 block of South Meridian and at West Street and Pawnee. Sedgwick County dispatchers said crews will place barricades near areas of significant flooding. Several traffic lights around Wichita were either flashing red or out altogether. Those intersections should be treated as four-way stops.

     At 8 a.m., Westar Energy reported about 320 outages in Sedgwick County and just shy of 200 in Reno County.

     Good news for Western Kansas: Garden City and Dodge City received more than an inch of rain overnight.

     Heavy rain should start to taper late this morning, leaving behind a chance for isolated storms this afternoon and tonight.


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Overnight Flooding Brings Road Closures, Evacuations
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