Motorists in NW Kansas Stalled by Rainfall

HAYS, Kan. (AP) _ Workers in several counties in northwest Kansas are cleaning up roads after up to eight-and-a-half inches of rain fell over the past five days.

Ditches, culverts and bridges have been unable to handle the deluge and as a result, roads have been damaged. Officials said the stability of a few bridges is uncertain and under review.

The hardest hit areas are in Ness, Rush, Rooks and Osborne counties.

The rush of water in Rush and Ness counties left road crews without enough barricades.

In Ness County, motorists were warned of water on the road by a simple piece of wooden lath, spray painted orange with a caution flag attached.

Officials expect most roads to be passable sometime Friday.

Ness County received from four-and-a-half inches to eight inches. Most of the damage was confined to an area east of Brownell and Bazine, between U.S. 96 and Kansas Four.

In northwest Osborne County, seven inches of rain was reported during the weekend, two weeks after another seven-inch rainstorm.

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