Heavy rains lashed the Lee’s Summit area again Saturday night, causing flash flooding that covered low-lying roads, resulting in temporary closures and damaged bicycle and walking trails.
The rains caused Jackson County to close Longview Beach, the Little Blue Trace, Longview and Lake Vista trails. Signs were posted at all trailheads and access points to alert residents, said Marshanna C. Hester, public information officer for Jackson County.
Longview Lake and Little Blue Trace had been repaired after a July 27 storm that washed away the surface and causes severe ruts.
Hester said crews had removed significant silt, mud and debris left behind after waters receded. Repair and restoration costs are estimated at $29,000 after the first floods. Crews will evaluate the new damage and begin the necessary work for re-opening, she said.
Residents weren’t spared the impact of the second round of storms.
Soils already waterlogged couldn’t absorb more rain, so there were reports of flooded basements around the city, with water pouring in from windows or cracks.
The Lee’s Summit Fire Department responded to six high-water related incidents but there were no injuries, said Assistant Fire Chief Jim Eden.
Many low-lying roads were closed temporarily because of flash flooding, including Missouri 219, McClendon Drive and Tudor Road.
Eden said the department offered help to motorists who were stranded after driving into high water. Vehicles were stalled, but no technical rescues were required. Several had “self-rescued,” and in some instances the fire department arrived to find the occupants standing in water, Eden said.
“It’s a reminder that anytime you get flooding at night be very careful, because it’s hard to see the depth of the water,” Eden said.
According to the National Weather Service’s website, promoting its “Turn Around Don’t Drown” program, rushing water only 12-inches deep can carry away a small car and fast-moving water 6-inches deep can knock over an adult.