TOPEKA -- More people lose their lives in floods than any other weather-related event. 80% of those flood deaths happen in vehicles; mostly when drivers make a fatal mistake – trying to drive through flood waters. Please adhere to road closings and barricades. Be safe; “turn around, don’t drown.”
Shawnee County Emergency Management and local officials are actively monitoring and assessing the waterways in our jurisdiction.
There is an expectation that the Kansas River will crest just above flood stage at Topeka around 6am Friday morning. The waters are not expected to reach any inhabitable buildings and should flow within the levee systems. Local officials have worked together to ensure the camps along the Kansas River in Topeka have been moved out of the risk areas. Kansas River at Sardou Bridge is at 22.03 with a flood stage of 26.0. Flood Impacts according to NWS.
23.0 Overflow of Low-lying rural areas west of Topeka.
26.0 River Road under the BNSF Bridge begins to flood.
Kansas River at Belvue is at 19.57 with a flood stage of 20.00. NWS and Emergency Management have received reports of the river impacting the low lying areas between Belvue and Topeka.
20.0 Minor lowland flooding occurs from Wamego to Topeka
Cross Creek at Rossville is at 24.98 with a flood stage of 25 feet. NWS is forecasting the creek will crest near or at the flood stage by 7am Thursday morning. Flood Impacts according to NWS.
25.0 Minor Flooding along the creek occurs.
29.0 Pine and Pottawatomie Streets near the creek flood. Homes will be threatened by flood waters in Rossville north of the railroad tracks.
31.0 Flood waters reach low steel of Railroad Bridge over Cross Creek flooding of homes in Rossville north of the railroad tracks continues.
Soldier Creek at Topeka is not expected to reach flood stage. Current readings are at 18.2 feet with a flood stage of 29. Flood Impacts according to NWS.
39.47 Brickyard Road Bridge over the Creek Floods
34.5 Widespread flooding occurs and affect first floors of home and businesses along the creek.
29.0 Lowland Flooding from Grove to the Kansas River.
Shunga Creek is not expected to reach flood stage. Current readings are:
Shunga Creek at Gage Blvd was 8.43 Flood stage is 15.0
Shunga Creek at 21/Topeka was 10.79 Flood stage is 24.0
Wakarusa River is not expected to reach flood stage. Current readings are: 5.18.
Tuttle Creek Dam is releasing at 7000 cfs and is 16 feet above the Multipurpose Pool
Milford Dam is releasing at 200 cfs and is 5 feet above the Multipurpose Pool
Rains from North Central Kansas flows into these lakes and they have had substantial rain.
Readings are effective from approximately 3:30 PM June 2, 2011.
Surrounding counties receiving heavy rain amounts are also impacting the areas.
Muddy Creek in Jefferson County is out of its banks and has caused the closure of several Shawnee/Jefferson County roadways.
Road closures reported to authorities and NWS are as follows:
NE 70th Street - closed due to high water between Kincaid Rd and Sherman Rd
NE 62nd Street - closed due to high water from Muddy Creek at the Jefferson/Shawnee County Line.
54th Street - closed between Kincaid and Highway K4 due to high waters from Muddy Creek.
City of Topeka will be closing River Road after 1900. Barricades will be placed at the River Road approach to the levee on the west end and at Chandler Street on the East End.