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Archive for Saturday, April 21, 2001

Flash flood watch issued for Douglas County

April 21, 2001

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The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Saturday night for much of northeast and east central Kansas, including Douglas and Jefferson counties.

Heavy rains of one to two inches fell over parts of northeast Kansas Friday night, nearly saturating the soil along and to the north of Interstate 70, forecasters said.

With another round of heavy rain and thunderstorms expected Saturday evening, rapid runoff could cause flash flooding on some creeks and streams overnight across east central and northeast Kansas.

A flash flood watch means that flooding of small streams, creeks and other drainage areas is possible. Motorists should avoid low-lying areas and be careful when approaching highway dips and underpasses, according to the weather service.

Saturday night's forecast call for periods of thunderstorms, with severe storms and heavy rains possible. The low will drop to 60 to 65 with southerly winds 10 to 20 mph.

Sunday, showers and thunderstorms are likely again, with a 70 percent chance of rain. The highs Sunday will be 70 to 75 with gusty south winds 20 to 30 mph by Sunday afternoon.

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