Flood Waters Rise In Emporia


EMPORIA, Kan. (WIBW)-Emporia residents are spending another day walking through flood waters.

"Do Not Enter" signs are seen in many flooded roadways and acres of soy bean crops are ruined. This has spectators questioning when this all will stop.

"So why? I'm just asking 'why is it doing this?' It's never rained this much," said a young boy named Aiden Oller overlooking the Cottonwood River bridge.

Emporia had scattered showers Sunday. The National Weather Service's most recent report says that the Cottonwood River reached 25.8 feet at 12:45 p.m. Sunday compared to 25.4 feet on Saturday at 1 p.m.

"I've never seen it anywhere near the top of the bridge and it's getting uh really, really close," said Aiden's father, Jeff Oller.

Flood waters flow over part of K-99 South of Emporia which remains closed. KDOT crews and the Lyon County Deputy continue to work to keep the roadways safe for residents to walk along.

"The water is rising still and it's still a constant concern for us," said Lyon County Deputy Zachary Shafer.

Emporia's miniature train tracks are deeper under water than Saturday and Sertoma Club member, Wes Matson, says he's not looking forward to making all the repairs.

"Well, it's gonna be a mess, you know, for a month or so and we have parties scheduled and there's a lot of kids expecting to ride the train and they are not going to be able to ride the train for a while," said Matson.

The Fanestil Meats plant is surrounded by water and the Lyon County Deputy told 13 news that employees of the company have not been able to go to work.

The National Weather Service told 13 news they expect the water levels to stay above 24 feet for the next 2-3 days.


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