Video: Thursday Storms Bring Flash Flooding, Power Outages

By: 13 Weather/Lindsey Rogers/Josh Mabry
By: 13 Weather/Lindsey Rogers/Josh Mabry

GEARY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW)-- A flash flood warning was issued in Kansas counties Thursday as heavy rain fell.

The National Weather Service reported 4.5 inches of rain in Geary County as of 5:30 p.m.

Roadways in Junction City were covered in water and low lying areas were experiencing flash flooding in Geary County. Several cars stalled on local roads as drivers tried to make it through flooded areas, according to the Geary County Sheriff's Office.

While there was talk of water rescues by the National Weather Service, the Geary County Sheriff's Office said they had heard of no such incidents in the county or at Milford Lake as of 5:45 p.m.

Officials say the weather caused problems during the rush hour.

"The county fared fairly well. There were a few low crossings where there was damage because water went across the road and we had a few downed trees. There were some high winds that accompanied this storm at the beginning We had water running down the roads, water running out of fields," said Geary County Sheriff Tony Wolf. "But Junction City got hit the hardest. The way the city is laid out, a lot of these roads come down the side hills and the water follows them just like a river and it gets down into the intersections and then we have a big mess in those areas."

There were cars that tried to cross those areas and their engines got swamped, with water getting into the ignition system and the cars died.

Authorities tried shutting down intersections but it proved difficult during the rush hour and drivers started to avoid the high water areas.

"The rains came in and it rained really hard. It was a very slow moving storm so it dumped a lot of rain in a short amount of time and the ground around here is pretty much at the saturation point so that’s what caused our flash flooding. We had a few instances where we had to get some cars out of some intersections," Sheriff Wolf told WIBW. By 8 PM, he said most of the flooding had subsided.

Rural Geary County residents reported power outages to 13 News via Twitter messages. According to Westar there 157 customers without power in Geary County and 1391 without power in Riley County as of 6:00 p.m.

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