Flash Flooding in Kansas City Metro Closes Roads, Prompts Water Rescues

22 Août, 2017, 20:45 | Author: Claudine Rigal
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Johnson County received the most rain.

Numerous water rescues were reported. A stretch of Interstate 35 southbound near downtown Kansas City was reported to have 2 to 3 feet of water covering the road Monday night.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for portions of eastern Kansas and northwestern Missouri, including Atchison, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and Buchanan, Cass, Clay, Jackson, Johnson Platte and Ray counties in Missouri.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency early Tuesday morning, as flood-prone Indian Creek in the southern Kansas City metro rose over 17 feet in just over 5 hours early Tuesday to a new record level, swamping an area that had just witnessed severe flash flooding on July 27.

The Kansas City Police Department and Kansas City Fire Department will be going door-to-door around the area of Indian Creek from 103rd and State Line Road to Wornall Road, along with the area of 99th and Holmes.

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No injuries have been reported.

Kansas City Power & Light reported more than 13,000 customers without power in the metro overnight.

Kansas City firefighters handled multiple incidents of vehicles being stranded in high water.

Several metro schools have canceled or delayed class for Tuesday due to the flooding. The Blue River was expected to crest at its second highest level early Tuesday, topped only by a September 1961 flood.

Overland Park Fire Department was on the scene of a water rescue at 155th and Kenneth Road were a family of seven was trapped was the roof of their home as rushing water surrounded them.

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