Most of central, eastern Kansas under flood watches

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Several Kansas communities are closing roads as rain-swollen creeks and rivers begin to overflow their banks.

The National Weather Service says up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain has fallen since Friday.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says flooding will close the train's route between Hutchinson and Topeka through Wednesday morning. He says Amtrak will run buses for customers at the stop in Newton.

The heavier rain is likely over, but several rivers and creeks will remain above flood stage through Wednesday in south central Kansas. Water is expected to inundate farmland near Wichita and some homes in the Hutchinson area. Roads also are closing in the Salina and Emporia area.