Flooding Timeline

With the heavy gone, the smaller streams and creeks will continue to recede. No more flash flooding is anticipated! Even if we see a few passing showers that are possible, it will not be enough to see the flooding return.

On the other hand, the larger rivers will continue to rise. The Kansas River is forecasted to crest on Wednesday with moderate flooding. It will not drop below flood stage until Saturday Morning.

Here is a map of 48 hour precipitation totals from the National Weather Service:

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Read the comments posted below for more updates that have been posted...also feel free to post your own updates.
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FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
527 PM CDT MON MAY 07 2007
...THE FLOOD WARNING IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT FOR THE FOLLOWING
LOCATION IN NORTH CENTRAL...NORTHEAST AND EAST CENTRAL KANSAS...
LYON CREEK AT WOODBINE.
KSC061-080227-
527 PM CDT MON MAY 07 2007
THE FLOOD WARNING IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT FOR
THE LYON CREEK ABOVE WOODBINE.
* AT 05 PM MONDAY THE STAGE WAS...16.6 FEET
* FLOOD STAGE IS 17.0 FEET.
* FELL BELOW FLOOD STAGE LATE THIS AFTERNOON.
* THE STREAM IS FORECAST TO CONTINUE TO FALL.
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FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
517 PM CDT MON MAY 07 2007
...THE RIVER FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVER...
ARKANSAS RIVER AT HUTCHINSON...HAVEN...MULVANE...OXFORD...ARKANSAS
CITY.
AFFECTING THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES IN KANSAS: COWLEY...RENO...SUMNER

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A viewer email:

10 inches of rain reported at 37th and S.W. Belle in the past 3 days.
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HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
446 PM CDT MON MAY 07 2007
NORTH CENTRAL...NORTHEAST AND EAST CENTRAL KANSAS RESERVOIR TABLE
POOL...TOP OF CONSERVATION OR IRRIGATION POOL
ELEV...WATER ELEVATION
DISCH..DISCHARGE TO RIVER IN CUBIC FEET PER SECOND
KANSAS RESERVOIR POOL ELEV DISCH
MILFORD 1144 1144.58 25
TUTTLE CREEK 1075 1083.48 325
PERRY 892 897.44 75
CLINTON 876 881.54 32
MELVERN 1036 1041.58 20
POMONA 974 984.08 22
COUNCIL GROVE 1274 1279.75 9
JOHN REDMOND 1039 1042.93 1439
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9:57 AM
LAWRENCE, DOUGLAS COUNTY - REPORT THAT SEVERAL COUNTY ROADS ARE CLOSED DUE TO WATER COVERING THE ROADS. THERE ARE ALSO SEVERAL ROAD CLOSURES WITHIN LAWRENCE CITY LIMITS. THERE WAS ALSO A REPORT OF A NON EMERGENCY WATER RESCUE FOR A RESIDENT WHO HAD WATER ALL AROUND THEIR HOUSE.
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8:30AM
A viewer called in a report of 7.9" in West Overbrook (24 hour total)
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8:28 AM
10.0" measured 1 mile east of Scranton, Osage County (48 hour total)
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8:28 AM
9.00" measured 1 mile west of Scranton, Osage County (48 hour total)
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8:20 AM
GRANTVILLE, JEFFERSON COUNTY - MUDDY CREEK IS OUT OF ITS BANKS AND IS BEGINNING TO RUN OVER HIGHWAY 24 NEAR TOWN.
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8:08 AM
BURLINGAME, OSAGE COUNTY - RED CROSS REPRESENTATIVE WHO IS ALSO TRAINED STORM SPOTTER REPORTS THAT ALL ACCESS TO BURLINGAME IS CUT OFF DUE TO WATER FLOWING OVER ALL ROADS RUNNING THROUGH TOWN. ALSO A REPORT OF WATER NEAR DRAGOON CREEK FLOWING OVER HIGHWAY 56 AT LEAST A MILE WIDE.
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7:59AM
E-mail: "Good Morning
I would like to report we have had 8 inches of rain in last 24 hours
7:00 AM Sunday to 7:00 AM Monday just North of Vassar on South side of Pomona Lake.
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7:51 AM
TOPEKA, SHAWNEE COUNTY - REPORT OF 490 WATER RESCUES FROM RESIDENCES AND VEHICLES ACROSS THE COUNTY SO FAR. THERE WERE REPORTS OF WATER RESCUES ON GOING.
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7:32AM
11.0" measured 1 mile northeast of Auburn, Shawnee County (48 hour total)
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7:25 AM
COUNTY DISPATCH REPORTS NEARLY ALL ROADS BETWEEN 101ST TO 77TH AND TOPEKA AND WANAMAKER ROADS ARE IMPASSABLE AT THIS TIME DUE TO WATER FLOWING OVER THE ROADS. A FEW WATER RESCUES FROM STALLED OUT VEHICLES WERE NEEDED IN THIS AREA.
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7:18AM
E-mail: "I live in the 45th & Adams area. We've received a LOT more rain here than the official amount. In the last 48 hours, through 7 AM, we've received 9.3 inches of rain; the last 4.7 fell since 5 PM last night." - Jan in SE Topeka
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6:58 AM
Heavy rain report... 7 miles north of Burlingame in Osage County - 4.75" since midnight
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E-mail: "The roads are closed here, you cannot get out of town- 56 is closed west of town and at 6am the cops were turning people around at the school house about a mile out of town on k31 east of town to get to 75, not sure if 75 is closed but for now we are staying home. Monica Murray"
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6:28AM
Heavy rainfall report... 2.60" in the past 24 hours 1 mile northwest of Circleville in Jackson County. 4.8" in the past 48 hours.
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6:24 AM
NWS: "LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THE WARNED AREA CONTINUE TO REPORT SIGNIFICANT FLASH FLOODING. WATER RESCUES ARE ON GOING IN TOPEKA ALONG THE SHUNGANUNGA CREEK...WHERE COUNTY OFFICIALS REPORT OVER 300 RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN EVACUATED ALREADY. WATER RESCUES ARE ON GOING IN BURLINGAME. COUNTY OFFICIALS IN LYON AND OSAGE COUNTIES REPORT WATER FLOWING OVER SEVERAL COUNTY ROADS AND HIGHWAYS. LIGHT TO MODERATE RAINFALL WILL CONTINUE TO TRAIN OVER THE WARNED AREA...SO FLOOD WATERS ARE NOT EXPECTED TO RECEDE THROUGH 930 AM. THIS WARNING EXTENDS THE PREVIOUS FLASH FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT OVER
THE WARNED AREA"
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6:15AM
Shawnee County dispatch estimates that over 300 people have been rescued from flood waters along the Shunganunga Creek in Topeka. Water rescues continue at this time.
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6:10AM
5.00" measured in Alta Vista, Wabaunsee County (24 hour total)
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6:06AM
6.63" measured in Delia, Jackson County (48 hour total)
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6AM
Heavy rainfall report... 2 Miles East of Dover
7.24" Rainfall
Note: Dover was sandbagging due to flooding on Sunday afternoon.
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6AM
Heavy rainfall report... 6 miles Northeast of Emporia.
5.60" Rainfall
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5:51AM
E-mail: "Neosho River is out and covering the County road one mile West of Americus-impassable. Water is about 14 inches below the roadway on the Americus road between Emporia and Americus. Terry S. Americus"
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5:50AM:
Caller said that "soldier creek is still rising". Getting ready to evacuate on NW 32nd street. "35th is about to go under at Button".
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5:49AM
E-mail: "We have had a lot of lightning that went all the way to the ground and many many strikes. Not aware of it knocking out anything or hitting anything except the ground. It rained most of the day and finally has let up at 5:15 AM on Monday morning 5/07. The wind has been from 15 to 25 MPH. Now it is calm and my rain gage reads just under 5 Inches for today. I know that the roads including Main street which is Highway 56 was full of water. Like a good soul I listened and did not get out to check the creeks and the Neosho river for how high it was. But I imagine if they have to let water out of the reservoir we will get some dangerous heights.
Just spoke with the sheriff's dept and they said someone from there had reported that Parts of K-4 from Latimer to 149 was closed and all of Dunlap road from Dunlap to Council Grove was closed Big John creek which goes under 56 was closed to Dunlap Road. Joyce Fisher storm spotter for Council Grove"
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5:45AM
Heavy rain continues across east side of Topeka. Back edge of rain is located in Riley County. Rain will continue in Topeka until at least 8AM. PLEASE BE CAREFUL ON YOUR MORNING DRIVE TO WORK! There are still many roads underwater.
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4:45AM
E-mail: "Looking east down Shunga Drive from Indian Trail toward Burnett Road. Approximately 1.5-2 feet deep on the roadway. G Kniss"
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5:37 AM CDT
MON MAY 7 2007

...A FLASH FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 630 AM CDT FOR LYON...OSAGE AND SHAWNEE COUNTIES...

AT 536 AM CDT...LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS AND BROADCAST MEDIA REPORT A SIGNIFICANT FLASH FLOOD OCCURRING IN TOPEKA AT THIS TIME. SEVERAL WATER RESCUES HAVE BEEN PERFORMED ALONG THE SHUNGANUNGA CREEK IN TOWN. WATER HAS BEEN REPORTED TO BE AS DEEP AS 6 FEET IN
PLACES. WATER WAS REPORTED FLOWING OVER SEVERAL ROADS IN LYON AND OSAGE COUNTIES AS WELL. LIGHT TO MODERATE PRECIPITATION WILL CONTINUE TO FALL OVER THE WARNED AREA THROUGH 630 AM.
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5:27AM
E-mail: "I LIVE AT 10TH AND HEDGEWOOD AVE IN TOPEKA. HEDGEWOOD IS 2 BLOCKS EAST OF OAKLEY OFF OF 10TH STREET.

OUR WHOLE NEIGHBORHOOD HAS ABOUT 3 FEET OF WATER IN OUR BASEMENTS. WE HAVE A SUMP PUMP GOING BUT IT CAN'T KEEP UP WITH THE WATER COMING IN.

THE 3 FEET OF WATER CAME IN, IN APPROXIMATELY 2 HOURS AND IS GETTING WORSE. KENDALS PUT THE SUMP PUMP IN BUT ARE LOOKING FOR LARGER ONES TO GET THE WATER DOWN BUT SAY IT WILL BE HOURS BEFORE THEY CAN GET ANY IF THEY ARE ABLE TO GET ANY AT ALL.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL COVERAGE.

BARB HEISSE"

E-mail: "My parents’ house is on the west end of Lake Sherwood and my sister called 45 minutes ago and said the lake is in the basement! The sheriff called them and told them if they didn't have a 4-wheel drive vehicle they wouldn't be able to get out of the house. They have lived there since 1980 and we have never seen the lake level this high.

Thought you might be interested.

Carol Evans
Topeka, Kansas"
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4:17 AM CDT
MON MAY 07 2007

...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TOPEKA HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WARNING FOR THE CROSS CREEK NEAR ROSSVILLE...

DO NOT DRIVE INTO FLOODED AREAS. SHALLOW FLOWING WATER CAN WASH A CAR FROM THE ROADWAY. ALSO...THE ROADBED MAY BE WASHED OUT UNDER THE WATER.

STAY TUNED TO LATER DEVELOPMENTS BY LISTENING TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO AND LOCAL MEDIA.
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3:58AM
Residences south of Washburn reported with water in their homes. Evacuations Continue. Residents being moved to the Expo Center.

Hwy 56 closed a Burlingame

Hwy 56 closes at Scranton
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3:30AM
Road flooded in Emporia area.
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3AM
Our photographer Eric Ives recorded video of rescues at Foxcroft Court. This is near 29th where it goes under I-70.
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2:54AM
Rescues begin at 106th street in Sodier

E-mail: "hey guys i have been watching you all night long and still am i though i would tell you that i have had to unfortunately deal with basement flooding due to gutters overflowing, one of my basement windows broke and put approx. 2-3 inches of water in my basement. Even where I live the streets are getting bad i live on Meadow LN. 1 block over from Fairlawn and Fairlawn itself is also getting bad. My backyard needless to say is a pond, and i will be getting pictures of that to you in the morning for better picture quality

Thanks for the heads up for the loads of rain that was heading our way, it really helped me out. Keep up the good work down there; you guys are doing a phenomenal job!!!!

Aaron Oliver, Topeka, KS"
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2:48 AM CDT
MON MAY 07 2007

...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TOPEKA HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WARNING FOR THE KANSAS RIVER NEAR LECOMPTON...LAWRENCE...TOPEKA...

DO NOT DRIVE INTO FLOODED AREAS. SHALLOW FLOWING WATER CAN WASH A CAR FROM THE ROADWAY. ALSO...THE ROADBED MAY BE WASHED OUT UNDER THE WATER.

STAY TUNED TO LATER DEVELOPMENTS BY LISTENING TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO AND LOCAL MEDIA.
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KSC045-087-177-071148-
248 AM CDT MON MAY 07 2007

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TOPEKA, KS HAS ISSUED A
* FLOOD WARNING FOR
THE KANSAS RIVER AT TOPEKA
* FROM THIS MORNING UNTIL LATE THIS AFTERNOON.
* AT 01 AM MONDAY THE STAGE WAS...22.9 FEET
* MODERATE FLOODING IS FORECAST.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 26.0 FEET.
* FORECAST TO RISE ABOVE FLOOD STAGE THIS MORNING AND CONTINUE TO
RISE TO NEAR 27.0 FEET BY THIS AFTERNOON. THE RIVER WILL FALL BELOW FLOOD STAGE LATE THIS AFTERNOON.
* AT 26.0 FEET...RIVER ROAD UNDER THE BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE
RAILROAD BRIDGE BEGINS TO FLOOD.
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* AT 223 AM CDT...LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTED WATER RESCUES WERE ONGOING ALONG THE SHUNGANUNGA CREEK IN SHAWNEE COUNTY. DOPPLER RADAR INDICATES THAT THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CONTINUE TO TRAIN OVER THE WARNED AREA.
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As of Midnight Sunday Night...Topeka has recorded 6 inches of rain. We continued live streaming weather and continued to track flood warnings. At 1:00PM, I made the decision that we were looking at a MAJOR flooding event. We began searching for areas that were flood prone... and took a short 30 minute drive through Topeka. We were along the Shunga Creek near Washburn and one look at the raging creek confirmed my fear.


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