Archive for Monday, August 17, 2009

Flood advisory issued for Douglas, surrounding counties

August 17, 2009, 8:35 a.m.

Updated: August 17, 2009, 2:01 p.m.

1:44 p.m. The flood advisory has expired. The flash flood warning for Leavenworth, Wyandotte and Johnson counties remains in effect until 4:30 p.m.

12:08 p.m. The flood advisory for Douglas County lasts until 12:45 p.m.

More rain is expected this afternoon.

11:11 a.m. We've had nearly 2.5" of rain since last night, according to 6News Meteorologist Ashley Meenen.

All that rain has led to road flooding, including on U.S. Highway 59 at Baldwin Junction. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office reports that at least one lane is flooded and KDOT is en route.

10:49 a.m. Since Saturday night, Lawrence has seen about 3" of rain, putting us more than 8" above what is normal by this time in the year.

6News Meteorologist Alex Harrington said any additional rainfall will quickly exacerbate the potential for flooding.

A flood advisory remains in effect for Douglas and Jefferson counties. The flash flood warning now covers Leavenworth, Wyandotte and Johnson counties.

6:04 a.m. The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for Douglas, Jefferson and Shawnee counties.

The advisory is set to expire at 9:00 a.m.

A large cluster of thunderstorms is moving across the area, producing heavy rainfall that could cause flooding in low-lying areas. The advisory includes the Kansas Turnpike between mile markers 176 and 206.

Do not drive your vehicle into areas where water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely.

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