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Flooding Streets Close Roads

Hays Police were forced to temporarily close flooded roads in Hays after heavy rains filled streets and gutters with running water.  Roadways that were closed remained blocked off for a short period of time until water began draining and driving conditions were safe again.  Official rainfall amounts from the evening’s storms have not been totaled.

7-27 Rain 1

Residents are reminded to avoid driving into standing water, as the depth and speed of the water is difficult to gauge, especially at night.

7-27 Rain 2

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Below is the warning from the National Weather Service:

FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DODGE CITY KS
1048 PM CDT SAT JUL 27 2013

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ELLIS KS-
1048 PM CDT SAT JUL 27 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DODGE CITY HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WARNING FOR URBAN AREAS AND SMALL STREAMS IN…
ELLIS COUNTY IN CENTRAL KANSAS…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…YOCEMENTO…VICTORIA…TOULON…
MUNJOR…HAYS…ELLIS…CATHARINE…

* UNTIL 1045 AM CDT SUNDAY

* AT 1046 PM CDT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR
INDICATED THAT 3.5 TO 4.5 INCHES OF RAIN HAD FALLEN ACROSS CENTRAL
AND NORTHWESTERN ELLIS COUNTY. PERIODS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN CAN
BE EXPECTED AFTER MIDNIGHT OVER THE SAME AREA WITH AN ADDITIONAL ONE
TO TWO INCHES OF RAIN POSSIBLE. STREET FLOODING WAS ALSO BEING
REPORTED IN TWO LOCATIONS IN THE CITY OF HAYS BY LAW ENFORCEMENT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLOOD WARNING MEANS FLOODING IS OCCURRING OR IS IMMINENT…HOWEVER
STREAM RISES ARE EXPECTED TO BE SLOW AND FLASH FLOODING IS NOT
EXPECTED. MOST FLOOD RELATED DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. DO NOT
ATTEMPT TO CROSS WATER COVERED BRIDGES…DIPS…OR LOW WATER
CROSSINGS. NEVER TRY TO CROSS A FLOWING STREAM…EVEN A SMALL ONE…
ON FOOT. TO ESCAPE RISING WATER MOVE UP TO HIGHER GROUND.

BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE
DANGERS OF FLOODING. IF FLOODING IS OBSERVED ACT QUICKLY. MOVE UP TO
HIGHER GROUND TO ESCAPE FLOOD WATERS. DO NOT STAY IN AREAS SUBJECT TO
FLOODING WHEN WATER BEGINS RISING.

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