River water reaches western edge of Hays’ Smoky Hill well field (VIDEO)
BY BECKY KISER
First thing Thursday morning, city of Hays employees were checking out the results of Wednesday night’s rainfall, hoping this time it would finally begin recharging the city’s Smoky Hill water well field south of Schoenchen.
At 8 a.m. Thursday, there was a “pretty good flow” in the Smoky Hill River at the Ellis Avenue Bridge, a mile into western Ellis County, according to Assistant Utilities Director Nick Willis.
At 5 p.m., Willis was “happy to see” the water had reached the westernmost bridge on Schoenchen Road, the western edge of the Hays Smoky Hill well field:
At 5:30 p.m., the water was moving further east and under the bridge just outside the western Schoenchen city limits.
Nick Werth, a lifetime Schoenchen resident, lives just one-quarter mile northwest of that bridge and watched the water start moving under the bridge.
“I stopped on the bridge to see if there was any water yet, and here it came,” Werth said with a smile on his face:
A number of vehicles drove slowly over the bridge to view the unusual sight while other people trekked the short jaunt from town and stood on the bridge to take it all in.
“Beautiful,” said one mother, who stopped to take pictures with her two young children.