"Those heavy, heavy rains" | Greatest risk of flooding is Tuesday night

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Shawnee County Emergency Management is preparing for a rainy week by monitoring our creeks and rivers.

“When we're seeing so much rain coming down in a short amount of time, those heavy, heavy rains, that's when we really start paying attention because we know the ground can't soak it up,” executive director Dusty Nichols said.

Nichols says there’s no reason to worry, yet.

“Our biggest concern is tomorrow [Tuesday] night,” Nichols said.

Areas like Shunga Creek and the Kansas River are vulnerable to flooding. But the threat can come from outside the city.

“Cross Creek at Delia, Rossville, all those areas that we know consistently flood,” said Nichols. “We know we have to give a warning out so people can evacuate if need be.”

Floods have drenched the area at Shunga Rd. and Gage several times before. Through that, Emergency Management says they’ve learned to better prepare.

“Early warning is usually best,” said Nichols. “Watching those flood ways and water ways up north on how they impact us.”

He says the biggest danger is overconfidence on the road, especially at night.

“It's going to be the most dangerous for flooding at night time so turn around, don't drown,” said Nichols. “You never can tell where these flooded waters, how deep they are what they can do.”