Flooded basements, sewage plague some Kansas homes

Floating belongings are visible in the basement of a home owned by Pat Alexander, as Immheior Alexander, 7, and Nataya Williams, 6, talk in the stairway of the Hutchinson, Kan., home on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/The Hutchinson News, Lindsey Bauman)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Emergency responders say most of the flood damage to Kansas homes has been water in basements and sewage backups.

Megan Hammersmith, director of the Central Kansas Chapter of the American Red Cross, said Thursday Reno County has some of the worst damage, mostly stemming from Sunday’s downpour. There has been no new flooding to homes reported from Thursday’s latest round of rainfall.

The agency says four homes in Reno County were totally destroyed by flooding and 11 homes have major damage. Another 180 homes have minor damage and 56 other homes were affected.

Mostly minor damage was reported to 30 homes in Harvey County and 60 homes in the city of Ellinwood.

About 122 homes were flooded last week in Lindsborg.

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