Archive for Wednesday, September 19, 2001

Rain reprieve should prevent further flooding

September 19, 2001


Four Leavenworth County roads were closed Tuesday morning after steady showers forced Stranger Creek out of its banks, the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department said. Water covered portions of Leavenworth County Roads 21 and 16, Millwood Road and Kansas Highway 192 in northwest Leavenworth County near Easton, but no buildings were damaged and roads reopened Tuesday afternoon after the creek's waters fell.

A flash flood watch scheduled through 7 p.m. Tuesday was canceled by the National Weather Service at 10:45 a.m., said Guy Pearson of WeatherData, a private forecasting service in Wichita.

Today should be dry and partly sunny, with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms Thursday evening into early Friday morning, Pearson said.

"There's enough time between now and then that the level in the creek should continue to go down," Pearson said. "And it doesn't look like we're going to have a lot of rain."

Lawrence sopped up 0.49 inches of rain from midnight Monday through Tuesday evening, Pearson said, bringing the year's total precipitation to 35.40 inches. That's more than 5 inches above the average for this time of year -- 29.83 inches.

Between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Tuesday, storms dumped 1.22 inches of rain in Perry and 0.71 inches in Lecompton, Pearson said.

Roger Boyd of Baldwin recorded 1.15 inches from midnight Monday through Tuesday evening.

Danny Basel of Eudora said 1.75 inches of rain fell overnight Monday through Tuesday evening.

The recent string of rainy days resulted from a slow-moving storm passing through the area, Pearson said. The area is on the back side of it now, he said, which accounts for the cooler temperatures.

-- Staff writer Mindie Paget can be reached at 832-7187.

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