Flash Flooding Causes Panic In Area Of Last Year's Flood

By: Brian Dorman Email
By: Brian Dorman Email

(Topeka, KS)--The same area hit hard by the May flood of 2007 had a flashback Monday when high waters rushed passed their homes again.

23rd & Mission road became a raging river just before noon with trash cans flowing down the streets.

21st and Seabrook was also transformed into a river with the same thing happening there. Both roads had to be closed as the water recited.

An older lady was quite shaken thinking that the flooding was a repeat of the May 2007 floods. She was assured that the river wasn't flooding this time and that it was just a flash flood occurrence.

A firefighter with the Topeka Fire Department says that this area just across from Washburn University was the hardest hit in the storm.

As I was standing with a firefighter a small size car came around the corner and attempted to pass in the water at 23rd and Mission. Water quickly flowed up to the driver's windshield. Luckily the driver was able to reverse before the engine was flooded by the high water.

The Topeka Fire Department also says a person had to be rescued from their vehicle in high water on the 2300 block of Kansas Avenue, that person was okay.

In all, about a dozen homes were affected on Mission & Seabrook, and in effected I mean those living along there were not able to leave their driveways because of the high water. There was some ponding in the front yards of those along both of those roads but no interior flooding was reported.

In all no injuries have been reported.

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