TOPEKA (KSNT) – The 2200 block of Indian Hills at 21st and Indian Hills was blocked off by the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Department late Thursday night. Water was coming up over the road. The report came in from the Shawnee County Emergency Management just before 10:30 pm.
During the early hours of the night, there was flash flooding across the capital city. At one point I-70 was impassible through the downtown corridor. There were reports of cars flooded at 10th and Robinson. There was also significant street flooding from Fairlawn to Belle and on Shunga Drive between Gauge and Fairlawn. According to Shawnee County Emergency Management, the Shunga Creek crested at 16 feet–one foot above flood stage.
At about a quarter to ten, some Topeka residents were reporting water coming into their homes. Then, at the top of the hour, Topeka Police tweeted out a warning to residents writing: reports of water rescues all over @ this time, if you have get out and u c standing water n the roads please “turn around don’t drown”.
Meanwhile, earlier in the night in Manhattan, K-State Police tweeted about flash flooding in the Little Apple, writing: “We are having reports of road flooding on North Manhattan from Petticoat to Vattier including Campus Creek.” When we checked back in with K-State Police around 10:30 pm, shortly before our late newscast on 27 KSNT, they told us things had quietened down around town.