Floodwaters remain, continue to plague local counties

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Though the rain stayed away Monday - floodwaters in Kansas stuck around.

Stormwater floods roads in Emporia, Kansas, on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 (WIBW/Marleah Campbell)

Flooding continues to impact local towns with road closures and boil water advisories.

More area counties were added Monday to Governor Laura Kelly's disaster declaration for last week's storms.

Lyon and Pottawatomie counties are among the additions.

Counties like Sumner, Cowley, and Barber were in the initial list sent on the 9th.

The declaration could assist counties as they look to repair infrastructure.

In Riley County, Tuttle Creek Lake is the fullest it's been in decades.

With the Missouri River downstream also dealing with a surplus of water - Tuttle can't release any more.

Milford Lake also is full - and dealing with a similar issue.

The Kansas Department of Emergency Management says floodwaters are dangerous - not to be underestimated.

It only takes six inches of fast-moving floodwater to sweep away footing, and 18 inches is enough to float a car.

KDEM urges you to abide by the phrase, "Turn around - don't drown."

The break from heavy rains this week will start to dry things out, but emergency officials say stay vigilant - with more heavy rains expected this weekend.