WICHITA, Kan. — Flooding closed roads and schools in southern Kansas on Friday after the area was inundated with rain.
The heaviest rainfall was in south-central Kansas, where 6 to 10 inches fell in a deluge that started Thursday night, the National Weather Service said. Parts of southeast Kansas have received 6 to 8 inches of rain.
The downpour caused some creeks and rivers, including the Ninnescah and Arkansas, to overflow their banks, the National Weather Service said.
Emergency officials reported multiple water rescues and said several hundred Westar Energy customers lost power in Sedgwick County.
Butler County Emergency Management also said high waters closed a stretch of Kansas 53 that runs through Mulvane. Keri Korthals, assistant director of emergency management for the county, said the ground was so saturated in some areas that runoff was pouring over fields into ditches.
“There’s places where you see rapids coming off of the fields into the creeks and ditches,” Korthals said. “There’s almost mini-waterfalls in places.”
Meanwhile, school officials in the Mulvane, Clearwater, Douglass and Rose Hill districts have called off classes. Wichita public schools also warned on Twitter that high waters could cause some bus delays and make certain spots inaccessible.
Butler Community College also canceled its classes in Rose Hill on Friday.
A Sedgwick County emergency dispatcher said the department received several flood and submersion calls, but couldn’t provide specific details.