Flash Flooding Life Threatening in Kansas/Missouri! (Photo Credit: National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill/Kansas City)
Torrential rain has hit parts of Kansas and Missouri prompting water rescues. Radar indicates 3 to 7 inches of rain has fallen during this event with flash flooding imminent. Indian Creek in Kansas City has risen over 10 feet in 4 hours. Tomahawk Creek is also a concern for the people living along the banks. Water rescues are ongoing at the time of this article and will continue as water levels are expected to continue to rise even though the rain has ended. Buildings have been closed due to flooding as well as road closures including major highways in the area. Officials are asking people to not drive through flooded roadways for safety. The complete Flash Flood Warning from the National Service in Pleasant Hill/Kansas City, Missouri is as follows:
“* Flash Flood Warning for...
Wyandotte County in northeastern Kansas...
Southeastern Leavenworth County in northeastern Kansas...
Johnson County in east central Kansas...
Clay County in west central Missouri...
Southern Ray County in west central Missouri...
Lafayette County in west central Missouri...
Eastern Platte County in west central Missouri...
Jackson County in west central Missouri...
Northern Johnson County in west central Missouri...
* Until 1100 AM CDT
* At 807 AM CDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain across the
warned area. 3 to 7 inches of rain have fallen. Flash flooding is
* Some locations that will experience flooding include...
Kansas City, Overland Park, Olathe, Independence, Lee`s Summit,
Shawnee, Blue Springs, Lenexa, Leawood, Raytown, Liberty,
Gladstone, Grandview, Prairie Village, Grain Valley, Excelsior
Springs, Merriam, Mission, Smithville and Kearney.
* Extensive flooding has occurred near Indian Creek with water over
the road at 103rd and Wornell Rd and multiple water rescues.
Indian Creek has crested and is starting to fall. The Blue River
has also experienced Minor to Moderate flooding and is starting to
crest currently. Tomahawk Creek reached record flooding overnight
but has crested and is starting to fall.
* This Flash Flood Warning replaces previous Flash Flood Warnings
that will expire at 830 AM CDT.
This includes the following highways...
Interstate 70 in Missouri between mile markers 0 and 62.
Interstate 70 in Kansas between mile markers 410 and 423.
Interstate 35 in Missouri between mile markers 0 and 27.
Interstate 35 in Kansas between mile markers 212 and 235.
Interstate 29 between mile markers 0 and 19.
Interstate 635 between mile markers 0 and 12.
Interstate 470 between mile markers 0 and 16.
Interstate 435 between mile markers 0 and 83.
Kansas Turnpike between mile markers 222 and 226.”
Remember, “Turn around. Don’t drown!”
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ⓒ 2017 Meteorologist Brandie Cantrell