HALSTEAD, Kan. - The city of Halstead in Harvey County is closing one of its three flood gates, as water continues to rise and more rain is expected.
Halstead is planning to close the flood gate on County Road 801, as the level of the Little Arkansas River climbed to 19 feet. That gate will close once workers and volunteers finish filling 500 sandbags.
Volunteers are being sought to help fill a total 1,500 sand bags. Highway K-89 is shut down, from U.S. Highay 50 to Halstead; Hertzler Road is also closed going into town.
Additional rainfall is expected in the area beginning Wednesday evening.
A Flood Warning is in effect for Harvey County through 12:45 p.m. Thursday; many roads in the county remain closed because of flooding.
At 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, the Little Arkansas River near Halstead was at 26.8 feet, nearly two feet above flood stage. The river will continue rising to near 27 feet by Wednesday evening.
At 27 feet, flood waters cover the west-bound lanes of Highway 50, Halstead Road on the north end of the city, and highway K-89 (Hertzler Road) leading into Halstead from the north.
The second flood gates by the railroad on the east side of Halstead closes when the water reaches 27.2 feet.