Afternoon rainfall expected to bring about 1 to 2 inches to Lawrence

Story updated at 5:49 p.m. Wednesday:

Heavy rainfall swept over Lawrence on Tuesday afternoon between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., causing pools of water on streets.

Brandon Drake, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Topeka, said around 3 p.m. that the heaviest rainfall of the day had likely passed, but that rain was expected to continue throughout the evening in scatters until around midnight.

The heavy rain caused some traffic issues and sent numerous garbage bins into roadways.

There was one car wreck as a result of the weather conditions, according to Patrick Compton, spokesperson for the Lawrence Police Department. Compton said one driver hydroplaned in the 1100 block of North Third Street and hit another car, but that there were no injuries as a result of the accident.

Josh Carson, spokesperson for Lawrence’s Municipal Services & Operations Department, said some roads in Lawrence were closed temporarily by flooding.

“Because there was very heavy rain in a short period of time, it overwhelmed the stormwater system in some areas, but water levels receded quickly,” he said in an email to the Journal-World.

The underpass in North Lawrence near the intersection of North Second and Locust streets was closed, but it was reopened by 5:30 p.m. Carson also said that part of 11th Street east of Haskell Avenue near the entrance to the compost facility was closed for a short time but was open as of 5 p.m.

Drake said Lawrence was expected to receive about an inch to an inch and a half of rainfall from the storm, but he said certain areas might see up to 2 inches of rain. Lawrence is under a hazardous weather outlook through the evening, according to the National Weather Service in Topeka.

The weather should clear up in the coming days, with a slight chance of showers on Thursday morning followed by sunny skies with temperatures reaching the 70s. The weekend weather forecast includes highs in the upper 70s.


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