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Creeks, streams rise out of banks, flood KC area roads as rain continues to fall

Update: New flood warning issued as rains swamp roads across KC area: weather service. Read story here.

Rounds of rain continue to sweep across the Kansas City area Monday, causing creeks and streams to rise out of their banks and flood some roads, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.

A flash flood warning has been issued for Johnson, Wyandotte, Miami counties in Kansas and for Clay, eastern Platte, Jackson and western Cass counties in Missouri.

Some areas in south Kansas City have already seen about a foot of rain, according to the National Weather Service. And more rain is coming over the next two days.

On Monday, trained storm spotters reported some creeks and streams were out of their banks. Some roadways across the Kansas City area were flooding.

Students aboard a school bus headed to Raytown South High School had to be rescued after their bus stalled in flood water on Oldham Road near Gregory Boulevard.

The flash flooding was expected to continue Monday morning as another 2 to 4 inches of rain are expected through Wednesday. Some areas across eastern Kansas and northwest Missouri could see more than 4 inches of rainfall in the coming days.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reported that the low water bridge at the split of Northeast 137th Street and Northeast 136th Street in rural Clay County was flooded with 9 inches of fast-moving water.

The recent rainfall is historic. The storms dumped 4.48 inches of rain on Kansas City Sunday, setting a record for that day. It was also the second wettest October day in Kansas City history. Only Oct. 21, 1908, with 4.54 inches, had more rainfall.

Sunday was the 16th wettest day of all time for any date in the 131 years that weather data has been collected in Kansas City. It was the wettest day so far this year.

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Some minor to major river flooding is expected this week into the weekend as the result of the rain.

Isolated strong storms will be possible Monday afternoon in the Kansas City area. The primary threats are frequent lightning and gusty winds of 30 to 40 mph. Some gusts may reach 50 to 60 mph.

The risk of a tornado is low, but can’t be ruled out.

Strong to severe storms are also possible Tuesday, with damaging winds being the main concern. Frequent lightning and small hail are also possible.

Rainfall should be moderate to heavy across the entire area Tuesday morning through Wednesday.

The weather is expected to dry out Wednesday afternoon, the Weather Service said.

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb
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