Sedgwick County grapples with clogged waterways

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Strong wind storms followed by heavy rains this summer have piled more debris in Sedgwick County’s creeks than public works deputy director Jim Weber has seen in his 31 years with the county.

The Wichita Eagle ( ) reports the county’s task of clearing the waterways is tougher because of a lack of manpower and tough environmental rules.

Weber says a June 27 storm packing 80 mph winds tossed limbs and trees into the county’s waterways, and five weeks of rainfall that followed washed the debris into places where they clogged the creeks and stream.

The county’s stream-cleaning crew now works off a hot-spot list of 15 to 20 priority areas that need urgent attention. Weber said that alone is enough to keep his crew busy for three to five years.


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,

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