Halstead to close floodgate as river rises

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HALSTEAD, Kan. (AP) — Volunteers are filling sandbags in the south-central Kansas town of Halstead amid preparations to close a floodgate against the rising Little Arkansas River.

It was reported the first of Halstead’s three floodgates will close as soon as volunteers finish filling the first 500 sandbags. The city was asking Wednesday for help filling a total of 1,500 sandbags.

The community of more than 2,000 people is located about 30 miles north of Wichita. It is protected by a three-and-a-half mile levee built more than 20 years ago to separate the city from the river.

Kansas Highway 89 into Halstead is closed due to high water.


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