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Flash flooding made roads impassable across Kansas City area

Flash flooding hits Westport Road

As heavy rains pounded the metro area, Lauren Grabau of Kansas City describes climbing out the car window after a car she was riding in was stalled out in high water Friday night during flash flooding that hit Westport Road in Kansas City.
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As heavy rains pounded the metro area, Lauren Grabau of Kansas City describes climbing out the car window after a car she was riding in was stalled out in high water Friday night during flash flooding that hit Westport Road in Kansas City.

As rain continued to fall on Kansas City Friday night, many metro roadways became flooded and impassible, keeping emergency crews busy rescuing stranded motorists.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency alert for the downtown Kansas City area.

A flash flood warning issued for Wyandotte, Johnson, Jackson and Clay counties was extended to 1:45 a.m.

Drivers were warned to stay off roads as much as possible.

After 9 p.m. reports came from around the metro area of roads covered in high water. The interstate loop around downtown Kansas City was snarled and flooded in many places. Police closed down roads across the city. Brush Creek pushed over its banks. Much of Westport and the Country Club Plaza were reported to be flooded, with some cars nearly submerged in water.

Heavy rains Friday night caused flash flooding in the Westport area which flooded roads and overwhelmed drainage systems in the area. At Freebirds World Burrito, 554 Westport Rd., employees had to deal with water coming up through the floor drains

Johnson County Emergency Management reported more than 10 water rescues in the county by 11 p.m.

Shortly before 9:30 p.m. The Kansas City streetcar suspended service due to flooding on the route. Buses were available along the route, the service said. The streetcar resumed service by about 10:30 p.m.

KMBC Channel 9 news reported Brush Creek was overflowing its banks and that at the Midland Theater, the lights went out and water ran down the aisles.

As the night wore on, residents took to Twitter to show how high was the water in their neighborhoods.

Storms over the Kansas City area Friday night were part of a system of severe weather that brought the threat of tornadoes earlier in the day.

A tornado reportedly touched down near Lathrop, Mo., Friday about 7:45 p.m., according to the weather service.

Some media outlets reported sightings of debris in the area. The storm may have dropped hail up to 1-inch in diameter in the area, the weather service said.

A flash flood warning in Platte, Clinton and Leavenworth counties is to remain in effect until 1:45 a.m. Some roadways were reported to be covered with water.

In Clay County, sheriff’s deputies reported high water on Missouri 92. In Kansas City, police said the highway offramp from Missouri 152 to North Oak was flooded, and officers were going to block traffic there shortly after 8 p.m.

At Kansas City International Airport, flights were still departing but inbound flights were being kept in a holding pattern, a spokesman said about 7 p.m. Two inbound flights had been diverted.

Tornado warnings issued earlier Friday in northwest Missouri, covering parts of Platte, Clay, Buchanan and Clinton counties, expired at 7 p.m., according to the weather service.

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