Emporia Continues To Be Under Flood Warning

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EMPORIA, Kan. (WIBW)-Flood waters splashed above the ankles in some areas of Emporia Saturday.

Since Monday, Emporia has seen heavy rainfall and the National Weather Service says they are still under flood warning. 2-3 inches of rain fell Friday night into the basin of the Cottonwood River and the National Weather Service's most recent observation is that the river level reached 25.4 feet at 1 p.m. Saturday.

K-99 South of Emporia has road closing signs which attracted many spectators to walk around and take pictures of the high water levels

"It's been a while since we've seen high water around here," said spectator, Tim Weiss.

"Last time I was here it was about 10 feet lower than it is now," said Emporia student, Christopher Krause.

The intersection between Road 150 and Road M is flooded. The Soden's Grove Park parking lot is flooded and the miniature train tracks are submerged underwater.

Members of the Sertoma Club say the train is in good condition in the shed, but the train tracks will take a lot of work to repair.

"It's going to cost us a lot of man power is one of the main things," said Bud Stapp, President of Sertoma Club.

"You always get frustrated when this happens, you always get frustrated, but we needed the rain," said member of Sertoma Club, Robert Hush.

Some say they needed the rain, while Emporia farmers disagree. An Emporia farmer who chose not to appear on camera told 13 News that thousands of acres of bean crop were ruined by the flood.

The National Weather service tells 13 News they expect the flood warning to last until Tuesday with more rainfall to possibly come Saturday evening.