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Threat of more heavy rains raises fears of flooding in Kansas and Missouri

Updated: 2013-05-29T18:49:26Z


The Kansas City Star

Several rounds of thunderstorms are expected to move across the Kansas City region before the weekend, bringing heavy rains and the threat of flooding.

Rains are expected to return Wednesday evening and continue overnight.

On Thursday and Friday, several rounds of thunderstorms are forecast to sweep across the area. There’s a slight risk for severe weather.

Between 2 and 3 inches of rain is expected to fall across the Kansas City area by Saturday morning. Some areas south of Kansas City could see as much as 5 inches.

Northern Missouri and northeastern Kansas have already seen excessive rainfall, and soils are very saturated.

A flash flood watch has been issued for portions of northeast Kansas and northern Missouri, including Atchison and Doniphan counties in Kansas, and Atchison, Nodaway, Worth, Gentry, Holt, Andrew, De Kalb, Buchanan and Clinton counties in Missouri.

With many rivers already at flood levels, any additional rain will increase the threat of flooding.

Flood warnings continued Wednesday for:

• The Delaware River near Muscotah in Atchison County, Kansas.

• Platte River near Agency in Buchanan County, Missouri.

• Platte River at Sharps Station Access in Platte County, Missouri.

• Tarkio River at Fairfax, affecting Atchison and Holt counties in Missouri.

People were warned not to drive through flowing water.

Even 6 inches of water can cause people to lose control of vehicles, and 2 feet of water will sweep most vehicles away.

Nearly half of all flood fatalities involve vehicles, according to the National Weather Service.

The Kansas Department of Transportation reported that as of 9 a.m. Wednesday, Kansas 9 over Black Vermillion River in Marshall County was closed because of flood waters over the road.

In Jackson and Atchison counties, Kansas 116 was closed from the Kansas 16 east of Holton, Kan., to U.S. 59 because of flood waters from Elk Creek and Delaware River.

For road conditions, see the Kansas road conditions map.

Meanwhile, the Missouri Department of Transportation was reporting several roads were closed because of flooding across northern Missouri.

To see the closings, see MoDOT’s road conditions map.

There is a silver lining in the storm clouds. The rain is expected to end by Saturday, with cooler and dry weather expected into next week.

To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or send email to

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