Flooding closes streets, highways in Kansas City and the region; more rain expected

After hours of rain Monday night and Tuesday morning, flash flooding blocked streets and highways around the Kansas City region.

In Independence, U.S. 24 was blocked by flooding between South Sterling and South Willow avenue, the city said on Twitter about 9 a.m. In Grandview, 135th Street was covered in water at Frontage Road and the local fire department warned people not to try to cross.

Around Kansas City, reports of high water spilling over streets came from Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard, Troost Avenue and Indian Creek at Wornall Road and Interstate 435.

About 11:30 a.m. at Indian Creek and State Line Road, the creek was at 20 feet, which is considered flood stage. Minor flooding is expected, according to the weather service. At that point, water begins to cover the portion of Lee Boulevard south of I-435.

The creek is expected to reach 20.6 feet by Tuesday afternoon. It will fall below flood stage later in the afternoon.

In Jackson County, U.S. 24 was closed at Harris Avenue and Vassar Street. In Clay County, U.S. 69 highway was closted at Route 33. In Cass County, Missouri 58 was closed between Front Street and BU Highway 7 and between Walnut Street and Hilltip Road.

At Atchison, the Amelia Earhart bridge over the Missouri River was open only to local traffic as of 2 p.m., according to the Kansas Department of Transportation. East of there into Missouri, U.S. 59 highway was closed.

In Osage County, Kansas 68 highway was closed for flooding at two different points, to the north and west of Quenemo, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation. Kansas 99 north of Emporia was closed for flooding at Interstate 35 on the south end and at Kansas 170 on the north end.

Between 1.5 to 2 inches of additional rain are expected to fall in the Kansas City metro area Tuesday.

Flood warnings were extended for northern Wyandotte County, southwestern Leavenworth County, and Johnson, Leavenworth, Atchison and Miami counties in Kansas until 3 p.m.

Flood warnings in Missouri for Jackson, Clay, Cass and Platte counties were extended until 3:15 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.

Flooding was expected in Kansas City, North Kansas City, St. Joseph, Liberty, Gladstone, Lansing, Excelsior Springs, Kearney, Sugar Creek, Riverside, Weatherby Lake, Parkville and others, the weather service said.

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Robert A. Cronkleton gets up very early in the morning to bring readers breaking news about crime, transportation and weather at the crack of dawn. He’s been at The Star since 1987 and now contributes data reporting and video editing.
Ian Cummings is the breaking news editor for The Kansas City Star, where he started as a reporter in 2015. He is a Kansas City native who graduated from the University of Kansas in 2012.