Persistent rains in Pratt County flooded fields and kept officials busy monitoring impassible roads and rising rivers.
Persistent rains in Pratt County flooded fields and kept officials busy monitoring impassible roads and rising rivers. Rain reports from citizens indicated that the Pratt area received from 5 to 7 inches of rain from Oct. 5-9.
At the Ninnescah River bridge on U.S. High- way 281, just south of Pratt, water crept over river banks flooding newly planted wheat fields. As runoff continued, the water level rose and rushed downstream but did not breech the levy as it did during the Labor Day Flood just a few weeks ago.
However, Pratt’s Lemon Park again took on damaging flood water as levels there rose to the bottom of the iron bridge and flooded low lying walk areas.
In the county, emergency workers had to find a way around compromised roadways to provide service to a family with an emergency Tuesday night south of Sawyer. Barber County was under flood warnings throughout the latest barrage of rain storms in the past several days.
In Kiowa County, Jay Schmidt, Kiowa County Road Department, said the county had received about four inches of rain as of 10 a.m. Oct. 9. but there were no reports of flooded roads in the county.
In other parts of the state, roads flooded and schools were closed because of rain totals. In western Sedgwick County, flooded roads caused the Renwick school district (Andale, Garden Plain, Colwich and St. Marks) to close Tuesday.
Delayed starts were planned for Wednesday morning in N. Lyons County and Chase-Raymond school districts, while some schools, particularly in western Kansas were planning to run mud routes only.
Rain over the past few days caused water to go over some paved roads in Stafford County. Phillip Nusser, Stafford County emergency manager, said there were several places in the county where barricades had been placed where rising water had crossed roads. Barricades were in place to alert motorists of the possible danger at NE 140th Avenue, NW 30th Avenue, SE 30th Avenue and old highway 50. Near Great Bend, U.S. Highway 281 was closed because of water over the roadway.
For Tonya Kirby, who lives just north and east of St. John, a mile and a half off U.S. Highway 281, getting home meant crossing yards and yards of water covered roadway.
"There's just no place for this water to go," Kirby said. "There are two tail water pits out there and they are full, and with this rain non-stop for several days everything is just saturated. We have trucks so we can get in and out just fine, but I am a little worried about my neighbor."
Kirby said the road to her home, like many in the area, was sand-based so mud wasn't a factor.
"We don't worry about getting stuck," she said. "We just have to go slow and go through it to get home."
The Pratt County Veterans Memorial Lake received heavy rainfall and runoff, but the main road circling the lake was never officially closed.