Residents safe to return in Greenwood Co. after flooding forced evacuation

GREENWOOD, Kan. (WIBW) - Greenwood Co. Emergency Management officials say it is now safe for residents to return to their properties, after calling for the immediate evacuation of a small southeastern Kansas town Friday.

An evacuation notice was previously announced for residents south of the Fall River dam and the city of Fall River.

Saturday morning, the dam was releasing 36,000 cubic feet of water per second, and buildings downstream from the reservoir could be seen submerged to their roofs. Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism workers used a boat to search the area for anyone stranded by the floodwaters.

The Red Cross shelter established in Eureka for evacuees will close May 26.

The town has around 150 residents and lies about 75 miles east of Wichita.