Flooding in north-central Kansas causes several water rescues

Updated: May. 16, 2021 at 10:39 AM CDT
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NATOMA, Kan. (KWCH) - Sunday evening: Communities in Rooks, Osborne and Russell counties along the Paradise Creek are among the places hardest hit by the flooding Sunday morning.

The Department of Transporation in northwest Kansas said floodwaters caused significant damage to the shoofly detour on the K-18 bridge project at Luray. KDOT said access would be unavailable for the “foreseeable future.”

UPDATE: Flood waters have caused significant damage to the shoofly detour on the K-18 bridge project at Luray. Access to...

Posted by Northwest Kansas KDOT on Sunday, May 16, 2021

People living in Natoma said they had very little warning before the water rushed into their homes leading to multiple evacuations.

As of Sunday afternoon, the water had receded, but it couldn’t come fast enough for those who live in the area. Rising water impacted homes and businesses on the south side of town. Those living closer to the creek said they expect it to be a day or two before they can do anything for others while clean-up is underway.

Those who live in the area said they had just minutes to act when Paradise Creek rose above its banks early Sunday morning. Heavy rain last night to the north and west caused the creek to swell.

Mayor Rick Dunlap said everything from boats, fire trucks and excavators were used to rescue about 30 to 40 people from their homes this morning. Residents said what is getting them through the flooding is how the community has rallied together to help each other out.

“Scary, cause you see all that water rushing through and all that and trees are across the street. It tested you, it tested you,” said Craig Hitschmann.

“When you see your life floating down the water it was pretty hard,” said his wife, Ronda.

City hall and local churches are serving as donation drop points for food and water. The Red Cross will also be setting up at the high school. The one thing people in town are going to be watching closely the next few days is the sky as more rain is in the forecast.

Sunday morning

The area of north-central Kansas received about 5 to 8 inches throughout the early morning hours Sunday.

Courtest: Janet Brown--Natoma, KS flooding- 5/16/2021
Courtest: Janet Brown--Natoma, KS flooding- 5/16/2021(Janet Brown)

Video near Natoma, Kansas shows major flooding throughout the area, along with several water rescues.

Storm Team 12 meteorologists will continue to monitor flooding conditions throughout the area as rain may continue to fall.

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