Kansas City area starts drying out after flash flooding overnight

People across the Kansas City area woke up Saturday morning to mostly clear skies. But they still had to deal with the fallout last night’s storms had on the area.

Downtown Kansas City was hit with about 4.56 inches of rain Friday, according to the National Weather Service. That mark was the 11th wettest recorded single day total in the area’s history.

There were reports of flooded basements and police had to close down city roads Friday night due to the storm. By 2 a.m. Saturday, most of the flash flooding had tapered off.

While the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill hadn’t received specific damage reports, meteorologist Dan Hawblitzel said the flooding brought mud and water damage to the Westport area. The storm also flooded the Country Club Plaza and Brush Creek came over its banks at Ward Parkway.

Tropical moisture from the Pacific brought on the early weekend rain, that then stayed stationary above Kansas City for several hours late Friday night.

“It was a relatively rare event,” Hawblitzel said.

Isolated storms are possible in the area later today. They’re expected to be brief and scattered, making any additional flooding in Kansas City unlikely.

Hunter Woodall: 785-354-1388, @HunterMw

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