Thursday, 21 September, 2017

Flash flood again hit Kansas City in less than one month

Firefighters get no breaks as they rescue drivers, residents during downpour that brought 7-9 inches Water Rescues, Historic Flooding in KC
Melinda Barton | 22 August, 2017, 22:28

Several water rescues have been conducted by the Kansas City Fire Department, Riverside Fire Department and Overland Park Fire Department.

The Kansas City area was in the bullseye of a storm system that dumped six to eight inches of rain overnight, causing historic flooding for the second time in a month. KCFD Chief Paul Berardi said rescue crews had to wait for the rushing waters of Indian Creek to recede before they could get the woman down. The Blue River flowed out of its banks and threatened an apartment complex at 138th Street and Holmes. Tenants chose to shelter in place instead of being evacuated.

The flash flood is highly affecting Kansas City.

Thunderstorms are pounding both sides of the state line.

In a residential area in Mission, a huge sinkhole appeared, 20 yards wide (18 meters) and 60 yards (54 meters) long, with public work officials believing it might be flood-related.

Rains south of the city were said to have rose over 17 feet within hours, hitting a new record level. No injuries have been reported in the area.

At 100th and Wornall, firefighters could only guess at the number of high-water rescues they've been to Tuesday morning.

The Kansas City Police Department and Kansas City Fire Department went 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.

Residents will be asked to voluntarily evacuate. Tenants at the complex were evacuated. Two people had to be rescued from the roof of their auto at 103rd and Antioch around 11:30 p.m.

Wornall Road at 103rd Street has been closed due to the flooding. The roads were covered by about 2 to 3 feet of water on Monday nigh at Interstate 35 southbound near downtown Kansas City reportedly.

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

In another neighborhood, at least 9 inches of rain fell between Monday night and early Tuesday. A flood warning was issued for Indian Creek.