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Kansas River expected to reach near-flood levels by Tuesday evening

Patrick McCaffery and Lorelei Jordan, both of Lawrence, watch the high and fast current of the Kansas River during a walk with their dogs Monday across the bridge. Recent rain could cause the Kansas River in Lawrence to rise to near-flood levels by this evening.

Patrick McCaffery and Lorelei Jordan, both of Lawrence, watch the high and fast current of the Kansas River during a walk with their dogs Monday across the bridge. Recent rain could cause the Kansas River in Lawrence to rise to near-flood levels by this evening.

July 5, 2010, 10:56 a.m. Updated July 5, 2010, 5:43 p.m.

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Rainfall over the last couple of days could cause the Kansas River in Lawrence to rise to near-flood levels by Tuesday evening, according to Douglas County Emergency Management.

Kansas River in danger of flooding

The recent rain is making water levels rise on the Kaw. Enlarge video

Jillian Rodrigue, assistant director for the agency, said measurements show that the river continues to rise, nearing its 18-foot flood stage, the level at which the river can flood.

Predictions show the river will reach to within one-tenth of an inch of that mark, topping out at 17.9 inches, by Tuesday night.

Rodrigue and other workers will continue to monitor water levels over the next couple of days, but the area should be spared the heavy rain predicted earlier, said 6News meteorologist Greg Postel.

Lawrence will get a break from the rain Tuesday morning, and although showers should develop by the afternoon, Postel said, they won’t bring anywhere near the up to 6 inches of rain previously forecasted.

Despite the break from the rain, Postel said there’s a lag time between rainfall and rising river waters, so the Kaw could still continue to rise.

A 1 p.m. testing Monday placed the water at about 14 feet. Rodrigue said that even at the current level, some of the low-lying areas near the river could see some minor flooding.

While no homes should be affected by the water rise, Rodrigue urged area residents to take precautions.

“Just be proactive and keep your family safe,” she said, providing the following tips:

• Stay away from the river banks, which can collapse during high water levels.

• Don’t drive through standing water.

• Avoid low-lying areas when possible.

• Monitor the National Weather Service. and LJWorld.com for updates on severe weather.

The last time the Kansas River exceeded 18 feet was in May 2007, when the river crested at slightly more than 20 feet.

Flood watches remain for Douglas and Jefferson counties until Tuesday morning. Parts of Shawnee, Johnson and Leavenworth counties are under flood warnings, with flooding already occurring in some areas.

Comments

John Hamm 4 years, 5 months ago

Do we REALLY need a link to the Sisters of Mercy doing "Floodland?"

blindrabbit 4 years, 5 months ago

One more reason to build a new hydro powerplant in Lawrence. With river flows like expected with all this rain we might be able to compete with Hoover Dam.

Tex 4 years, 5 months ago

I'm sorry, the wording in this article is vague. Are storm totals for Sun.-Tues. expected to reach six inches, or are six more inches of rain expected by Tuesday? Thank you.

kernal 4 years, 5 months ago

Tex, I read it as storm total of six inches, not six additional inches. I think if the forecast was for another six inches, there would be evacuation plans for parts of North Lawrence and other low lying areas.

bearded_gnome 4 years, 5 months ago

that's the way I read it too. but I noticed right away that it sure is poorly written/vague!


feet. If the river water level surpasses 18 feet, the "lowlands outside of the levee on the north side of the river begin to flood," according to the statement.

---appreciate the rain for the cool off, but ...


hey, can we get somebody to drive a stolen van/car into the river? hasn't happened for a couple of years! the boat ramp or down at the park? c'mon it'd be really cool with the flooding.

8ball 4 years, 5 months ago

or maybe that guy from last summer could jump off the bridge again

shaunepec 4 years, 5 months ago

As I understand it, it was six inches total. But, according to our 6News meteorologist, that is a large overestimate at this point. He says we've gotten a total of a half inch today, and while we'll get some more tomorrow afternoon, probably closer to less than 2 inches.

Shaun Hittle Reporter LJW

shaunepec 4 years, 5 months ago

reticent irreverent; From my talks with the Douglas County officials, road flooding would be highly unlikely with the current predictions. As far as road plans, they didn't anticipate it being needed during this current flood scare.

Shaun Hittle LJW Reporter

Tex 4 years, 5 months ago

Shaun, That's what I thought. Six inches total is worrisome enough, but an additional six inches would make for real trouble. Thanks for the clarification.

1029 4 years, 5 months ago

I'm gonna chain the old van to a tree just in case. I'd hate to lose my home to a flood.

LadyJ 4 years, 5 months ago

Note to homeowners, flood insurance takes 30 days to activate, too late now. Boy that levee works good, I've had flood insurance for 30 yrs and never had to use it. Have pictures from 1950's flood of my block before the levee, not so good.

kernal 4 years, 5 months ago

Don't forget the fishin' pole: stick, string and a couple of safety pins.

LadyJ 4 years, 5 months ago

Something to purify the water to drink

bearded_gnome 4 years, 5 months ago

1029 (anonymous) says…

I'm gonna chain the old van to a tree just in case. I'd hate to lose my home to a flood.

---beat up ol' red VW bus?


G-rock: 73 years ago today Spam was invented.

it should be in everybody's emergency kit. after all, it helped us win WWII!

GardenMomma 4 years, 5 months ago

"Jillian Rodrigue, assistant director for the agency, said measurements show that the river continues to rise, nearing its 18-foot flood stage, the level at which the river can flood.

Predictions show the river will reach to within one-tenth of an inch of that mark, topping out at 17.9 inches, by Tuesday night."

Shaun, I think you need to change "inch" to "foot" and "inches" to "feet" in the second paragraph above.

bearded_gnome 4 years, 5 months ago

oh yeah! first they thought that guy was trying to kil himself then it wasn't so ... jumping into the river is not the brightest choice.

c'mon folks we need a car/ven/suv into the river!

Fugu 4 years, 5 months ago

I was more commenting on Lawrence having ample water storage capacity for rainfall. It doesn't really matter which river it comes from.

Besides, water taken from the Wakarusa is really borrowed from the Kaw River downstream, being in the same watershed.

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