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Archive for Thursday, June 2, 2011

Burcham Park, Riverfront Park, lower Constant Park all closed as Kansas River prepares to crest at flood stage

The Kansas River reached flood stage Friday, June 3, 2011. Burcham Park, Riverfront Park and lower Constant Park were all closed due to high water.

June 2, 2011, 4:01 p.m. Updated June 3, 2011, 11:55 a.m.

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Water level map provided by the National Weather Service.

Water level map provided by the National Weather Service.

Jillian Rodrigue, assistant director of Douglas County Emergency Management drops a plumb line gauge into the Kansas River to measure the river's flood stage Thursday, June 2, 2011. The county will take measurements every four hours until Saturday morning to monitor the river level. Rodrigue measured the river level at 15-feet, 8-inches at 2:30 p.m., up from 15-feet, 3.5-inches at 10:30 a.m.

Jillian Rodrigue, assistant director of Douglas County Emergency Management drops a plumb line gauge into the Kansas River to measure the river's flood stage Thursday, June 2, 2011. The county will take measurements every four hours until Saturday morning to monitor the river level. Rodrigue measured the river level at 15-feet, 8-inches at 2:30 p.m., up from 15-feet, 3.5-inches at 10:30 a.m.

The Kansas River reached flood stage in Lawrence Friday morning but the water level is expected to decline tonight or Saturday morning, according to officials at Douglas County Emergency Management. However, the flood warning will remain in effect until Saturday afternoon.

On Friday morning, Lawrence city leaders closed Burcham Park, Riverfront Park, as well as the lower portions of Constant Park, because the Kansas River breached its banks. At 10:30 a.m., the Kansas River was at 18 feet 4.2 inches, with a projected crest of 18 feet 7 inches later Friday or Saturday morning.

At that height, Burcham Park on the south side of the river and lowlands on the north side of the river outside the levee would likely see flooding.

The Kansas River at Lecompton has also reached its flood stage level of 17 feet. The river is currently above 18 feet, but is expected to start declining today, according to the National Weather Service.

Jillian Rodrigue, assistant director of Douglas County Emergency Management, warned of possible flash flooding on roads and urged residents to monitor local media outlets and weather radios in case the forecast changes. She said people shouldn’t go down to the river or play in flood waters, as the river banks can become unstable during a flood.

Douglas County Emergency Management sends out frequent updates on Twitter @dgcoem.

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Comments

LadyJ 2 years, 10 months ago

Darn, where is that flood insurance renewal notice, did I miss the due date?

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prospector 2 years, 10 months ago

Boy, a webcam to watch would be keen.

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ILoveLawrence 2 years, 10 months ago

Um - get it right. They closed Burcham Park last (Thursday) night and the parks were already flooded at 8am this morning - ie update the part where it says "At that height, Burcham Park on the south side of the river and lowlands on the north side of the river outside the levee would likely see flooding." Would - already did! Updated photos would be good too - it's pretty awe-inspiring what nature can do!

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Liberty275 2 years, 10 months ago

Does anyone know if we are all going to die?

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crosstownbytch1 2 years, 10 months ago

Just wondering if we can get some pics of the river?

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Kontum1972 2 years, 10 months ago

hey Jillian...Mark Twainnnnnn

tu sabes?

yes they love raggin......probably unemployed.....

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TJ_in_Lawrence 2 years, 10 months ago

Why do people constantly rag on the Journal World's reporting. I think they do a pretty good job of keeping up on things. Of course, if I was a self-absorbed know-it-all, I probably wouldn't think so.

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monkeywrench1969 2 years, 10 months ago

It is currently up to the levy/bike trails

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jackpot 2 years, 10 months ago

Not to be picky but "The Kansas River is expected to reach flood stage in Lawrence Friday and Saturday, according to officials at Douglas County Emergency Management." What is flood stage?

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jenniflip 2 years, 10 months ago

Have they already closed it? I saw three people sitting right next to the water in the park a little over an hour ago. The river is already high. Flood waters are nothing to trifle with.

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