Rains flood southeast Kansas

There are no reported injuries from the flood.
Sunday, July 1, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:04 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

SPRINGFIELD — Storms packing more rain and rough weather hit southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas on Saturday, sparking flash flooding and evacuations, officials said.

The National Weather Service also issued a series of tornado warnings Saturday for southwest Missouri. The Polk County sheriff’s office said Saturday it had reports of tornadoes on the ground, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

“Various sections in the south of town are under water, and the water is climbing,” said Corey Schinstock, assistant city administrator of Iola, Kan. “We have had over 15 inches of rain the last three days. ... All the creeks are flooding.”

The storms followed at least two days of rainfall in the region. The heaviest rainfall came in Butler, Cowley, Chautauqua and Elk counties in southeast Kansas, where 7 inches of rain Friday was reported.

The Springfield area saw as much as 2 inches of rain in one hour Friday, said Doug Cramer, a meteorologist with the weather service.

“It doesn’t take much of a storm to produce flash flooding in the Ozarks because of the way the terrain is,” he said.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department said emergency workers used ropes and a harness to rescue two teenagers from the top of a pickup truck after the truck became wedged against a tree at a low-water crossing in southeast Kansas.

At least two homes were evacuated in Dexter, Kan., on Friday, and volunteers were sandbagging to keep floodwaters from reaching a care home, said Mayor Steve Joyce. No injuries had been reported.

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.