Heavy rain causes flash flooding in Kansas

Kim Brack sent this photo to KSNW of a lightning strike near Rose Hill.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Heavy storms have led to flash flooding in southern Kansas, including along a roadway where two people were rescued.

The National Weather Service on Sunday issued flood warnings for several areas, including in south-central Kansas where flash flooding was reported along several roadways and fields.

Roads in the Wichita area that experienced high water included Southeast Blvd and Dunham, on Hillside, from 37th St N. to 45th St N., and in the 800 block of W Harry. Water has since receded from those intersections.

In Reno County, several roads remained closed on Sunday afternoon. those included 95th from Dean to Sallee, Sallee from 82nd to 108th and Wilson from 82nd to 69th.

Heavy rain in the Derby area has forced the city to cancel its Fourth of July celebration in High Park. City officials said on the Derby website wet and muddy conditions in the park forced the cancellation of the event.

Scattered power outages also were reported in the Wichita area. NEarly 200 Westar Energy customs in the Wichita metro area were without power at around 1:45 p.m. In addition, Westar reported about customers in Kingman, rural parts of Butler County south of Augusta, Moundridge and in Valley Center were without power.

Westar Energy power outage map as of 1:45 p.m. on July 3, 2016. Click on the image to enlarge it. (Courtesy Westar Energy)
Westar Energy power outage map as of 1:45 p.m.
on July 3, 2016. Click on the image to enlarge it.
(Courtesy Westar Energy)


Click here to view the current Westar Energy outage map.

According to the National Weather Service office in Wichita, Eisenhower National Airport received 5.72 inches of rain Saturday, and since Friday has received 6.05 inches.

Flood warnings remain in effect for numerous counties, including Butler, Cowley, Harvey, Reno, Rice and Sedgwick counties.

For a complete list of weather alerts, click here.

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