Lawrence remains under flash flood warning as more rain drenches the area
Heavy showers drenched an already saturated Lawrence overnight with more than 2 inches of rain falling since Monday afternoon.
Between Monday afternoon and 7 a.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Topeka reported that 2.05 inches of rain fell, bringing the total rainfall for May to 7.82 inches. The rain was expected to diminish with potentially clear skies by Tuesday afternoon.
“If we do clear off, we stand the chance of thunderstorms redeveloping and moving east,” said Bill Gargan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka. “Most of the severe area will be west of Lawrence. But, we can’t rule out strong or severe weather.”
Wet weather was expected to remain in the area through next Tuesday, Gargan said.
The Kansas River at Lawrence was almost at 16 feet Tuesday morning and was expected to rise to 18.2 feet by Wednesday, said Kevin Skow, a meteorologist at the Topeka office.
Lawrence and much of Kansas remain under flood warnings or watches as the heavy rains are expected to push streams and rivers out of their banks.
The National Weather Service said more than 3.5 inches of rain fell onto the already-saturated ground in parts of Kansas Monday and overnight. New Cambria, a central Kansas town near Salina, asked residents on Monday to voluntarily evacuate for up to 48 hours, according to a report from The Associated Press. Officials said Saline County faced the potential for record flooding along Mulberry Creek near Salina and Smoky Hill River near New Cambria.
Pittsburg officials said an apparent tornado touched down south of the city Monday afternoon, damaging outbuildings and knocking down power lines and trees. Roof damage was also reported to Grubbs Hall at Pittsburg State University. No injuries were reported.
Just days before Memorial Day weekend, a popular time for lake outings, officials at Perry and Clinton lakes said the boat ramps were closed because of high water, and nearly all of the campsites at Perry had been shut down.
In Lawrence, the Parks and Recreation Department on Tuesday said that Burcham and Riverfont parks, both along the Kansas River, would remain closed until further notice.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report.