Archive for Friday, June 20, 2008

Kaw remains under flood stage

Douglas County is monitoring river, which is running at average depth

Kansas University senior Robert Knapp, of Houston, from left, Katlyn Sullivan, Lawrence, and Shannon Sullivan, a KU senior from Ottawa, sit Thursday along the Kansas River as water rushes over the Bowersock Dam.

Kansas University senior Robert Knapp, of Houston, from left, Katlyn Sullivan, Lawrence, and Shannon Sullivan, a KU senior from Ottawa, sit Thursday along the Kansas River as water rushes over the Bowersock Dam.

June 20, 2008

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Kaw River rises, virtually no danger of flooding

There's major flooding going on in the Midwest and we've seen our fair share of severe weather recently. But, it seems like the Kansas River is under control. Enlarge video

Kansas River appears under control from flooding

There's major flooding in the Midwest, but the Kansas River seems to be under control - at least for now. Enlarge video

Flooding is happening throughout the Midwest, but the Kansas River is under control for now.

The Kaw is just under 14 feet, about 4 feet from flood stage, according to Douglas County Emergency Management, which is monitoring the river daily.

Flooding here isn't imminent.

"This might be a little high compared to the last couple of years, but pretty much right around average is what we're looking at," said Jillian Blair, emergency management assistant director.

Officers check the river daily when it is over 12 feet; flooding begins at 18 feet. The team sends all the levels to the National Weather Service, which tracks the numbers for river forecasts. Experts predict Lawrence will probably stay flood free.

"They were thinking that the river would stay pretty close to where it is," Blair said. "They're expecting a slow decline throughout the rest of the week."

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Clinton Lake reported that the lake is up about 6 feet. Clinton water discharge goes from the Wakarusa River to the Kaw to the Missouri River.

"We have to watch the flood event," said operations manager Lew Ruona. "These are flood control lakes, so it's critical that we as an agency protect and serve the country in that regard instead of adding to the problem."

Ruona is hoping that in two weeks Clinton Lake's pool level will be back to normal.

The lake is just one part of a national chain that provides flood control for the central part of the country, Ruona said.

But even if flooding isn't expected in Douglas County, that doesn't mean residents shouldn't be prepared.

"Flash flooding can happen very quickly and can sweep vehicles away," Blair said. "Even though we're not looking at a major flood event right now, we're still in the middle of severe weather season."

Once the river returns to 12.5 feet or less, emergency management will check the levels weekly.

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2008 Midwest Floods


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Blue pins indicate areas that have already been flooded. The red line shows where levees are in danger of being overtopped.

Comments

Gary_Richrath 7 years, 1 month ago

Dear Hipsters:Please eat more than 3 fish a month caught from the Kansas River

loki8025 7 years, 1 month ago

I just don't know what really to say. Gross? That is just gross hanging out down there. This picture wants me to go and stick my feet in my neighbors septic pond. Oh and KSA_21, I think we might be waiting a long time for some type of journalistic ability. Nice one Gary ;)

geekin_topekan 7 years, 1 month ago

When I immigrated here in '82 I was introduced to the river as the Kaw.Seemed a little off to me at the time as well but I soon realized that there are many iconic things about this town that lifers hold dear and I respected that from the day I moved here.KSA obviously has not learned to honor and respect Lawrence and should go back to where he came from.

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