Tuesday, 19 November, 2019

Flood emergency issued for Kansas City

The Kansas City Fire Department is working a handful of water rescues as heavy rain entered the metro area The Kansas City Fire Department is working a handful of water rescues as heavy rain entered the metro area
Christy Curtis | 23 August, 2017, 00:59

Almost 10 inches of rain fell in the Kansas City metro area overnight, drenching the roads, flooding rivers and stranding residents.

Overland Park Fire responded to over 16 water assist calls as drivers found themselves stalled in high waters. He says the woman is in a tree, surrounded by the rushing waters of Indian Creek and says crews are waiting for water to recede in order to safely rescue her. The Blue River flowed out of its banks and threatened an apartment complex at 138th Street and Holmes.

Earlier in the morning, one rescue required firefighters in Kansas City to pull a woman from a tree near 101st Street and Wornall Road in Kansas City, MO.

The Kansas City Police Department and Kansas City Fire Department will be going door-to-door around the area of Indian Creek from 103rd and State Line Road to Wornall Road, along with the area of 99th and Holmes. Tenants at the complex were evacuated.

Residents will be asked to voluntarily evacuate.

As per the several reports, it is said that the recent flash flood is worse than previous flash flood as the flood is highly affecting everyone's life in the Kansas City. The metro picked up two rounds of torrential rain on August 21 and during the early morning hours of August 22.

The flooding prompted several schools in the region to either cancel Tuesday's classes or delay the start of them.

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Police say voluntary evacuations were in effect at Indian Creek from 103rd and Stateline to Wornall Road and 99th and Holmes.

In the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kansas, fire officials said a family of seven - three adults, four children - and at least one pet sought safety on the roof of a house after flooding along the Blue River inundated the one-story structure. A stretch of Interstate 35 southbound near downtown Kansas City was reported to have 2 to 3 feet of water covering the road Monday night.

"They are safe and calm", OFD spokesperson Jason Rhodes said.

The department says all low lying areas are flooded, including the downtown area, and is asking people to avoid low areas and not drive through water over the roadways.

The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill has issued a flash flood warning for Wyandotte, Leavenworth, Johnson, Clay, Platte and Jackson counties.

The river is expected to crest near 34 feet at about 6:30 a.m.

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