UPDATE: List of flood warnings, watches expands; forecast calls for K-99 to close by Thursday

By Chuck Samples and Brandon Peoples October 08, 2018 562
The Cottonwood River levels are rising at Soden's Grove (pictured) and also further west to Cottonwood Falls. Flood warnings are now posted for the river as well as the Neosho River at Neosho Rapids. The Cottonwood River levels are rising at Soden's Grove (pictured) and also further west to Cottonwood Falls. Flood warnings are now posted for the river as well as the Neosho River at Neosho Rapids. Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News.

The entire KVOE listening area is now under a flood watch, and many river gauges are now in flood warnings covering much of the week ahead.

The Cottonwood River is now in a flood warning from Emporia west to Cottonwood Falls.

Emporia: Warning from Monday night until further notice
*Current stage: 12.1 feet
*Flood stage: 20 feet
*Above flood stage: Early Tuesday afternoon
*Estimated crest: 26.1 feet Thursday morning. Kansas Highway 99’s north bank floods at 25.5 feet, closing the highway in both directions. South bank floods at 24 feet.

Plymouth: Warning from Tuesday night until Friday
*Current stage: 22.7 feet
*Flood stage: 32 feet
*Above flood stage: Tuesday morning
*Estimated crest: 36.6 feet Wednesday morning. Road A is inundated at the gauge site with crop and field flooding. At 37 feet, water may get to 4 feet above ground floors of buildings as far away as 2.25 miles from the gauge site. This would be the third-highest crest on record for the gauge if the forecast holds, following 36.78 feet on Nov. 2, 1998 and 37.8 feet on July 11, 1951.

Cottonwood Falls: Warning from Tuesday afternoon until Saturday morning
*Current stage: 3.7 feet
*Flood stage: 9 feet
*Above flood stage: Tuesday afternoon
*Estimated crest: 10.9 feet Wednesday morning. Water covers fields and some rural roads at 10 feet. At 11 feet, flooding gets into Cottonwood Falls' Bates Park and cropland along the river.

The Neosho River is now in a warning from Americus to Neosho Rapids

Americus: Warning from Tuesday afternoon to Thursday morning
*Current stage: 12.9 feet
*Flood stage: 26 feet
*Above flood stage: Tuesday afternoon
*Estimated crest: 28.1 feet Wednesday morning. At 27 feet, Americus Road floods two miles south of Americus.

3 miles northwest of Emporia: Warning from Tuesday morning to Thursday evening
*Current stage: 14 feet
*Flood stage: 19 feet
*Above flood stage: Tuesday morning.
*Estimated crest: 24.5 feet Wednesday morning. At 19.5 feet, Prairie Street floods north of the Neosho River bridge.

Neosho Rapids: Warning from Tuesday morning until further notice
*Current stage: 13.3 feet
*Flood stage: 22 feet
*Above flood stage: Late Tuesday morning
*Estimated crest: 28.3 feet Wednesday evening. Neosho covers large areas over both banks at 26 feet and overtops Road 145 on the west side of the Neosho Rapids river bridge at 23 feet.

Meanwhile, the Marais des Cygnes is in a flood warning until Wednesday.
*Current stage: 29.5 feet
*Flood stage: 17 feet
*Above flood stage: Through early Tuesday
*Estimated crest: 23.1 feet earlier Monday. River may experience a secondary crest near 18 feet Wednesday. Lowland areas flood along the river from 17-24 feet.

Flood watches

Lyon, Chase, Coffey, Morris and Wabaunsee counties have been in a flood watch since Sunday. Those expire at 7 am Wednesday. Coffey and Osage counties were added to the overall flood watch Monday. Those two counties are now impacted through Wednesday morning.

Roads

Several roads and intersections have now been closed in Lyon County:
*Road 150 at P and just west of Kansas Highway 99
*Road 155 at Kansas Highway 99
*Road 170 and G
*Road 240 from D to E
*Burlingame Road at N

Greenwood County says most of its low-water crossings are impassable due to heavy rain since Wednesday. The KVOE studios have received nearly six inches of rainfall since last Wednesday, including 1.3 inches Monday. 100th Road between U and V, just northeast of Climax, is closed until further notice due to flood damage.

2:30 pm Monday: Flood warnings issued for Cottonwood, Neosho rivers with roads closing due to high water

Heavy rain over the past few days and the prospect of additional rain through Wednesday morning has prompted the National Weather Service to issue flood warnings for the KVOE listening area.


Lyon County Emergency Management Director Jarrod Fell encourages people to plan ahead now to avoid heartache and woe later.

The Cottonwood River is now in a flood warning from Emporia west to Cottonwood Falls.

Emporia: Warning from Tuesday afternoon until further notice.

*Current stage: 9.2 feet
*Flood stage: 20 feet
*Above flood stage: Early Tuesday afternoon
*Estimated crest: 23.8 feet Thursday morning. North bank of Cottonwood floods at 23 feet.

Plymouth: Warning from Tuesday night until Friday

*Current stage: 20.53 feet
*Flood stage: 32 feet
*Above flood stage: Tuesday afternoon
*Estimated crest: 36.6 feet Wednesday morning. Road A is inundated at the gauge site with crop and field flooding. At 37 feet, water may get to 4 feet above ground floors of buildings as far away as 2.25 miles from the gauge site. This would be the third-highest crest on record for the gauge if the forecast holds, following 36.78 feet on Nov. 2, 1998 and 37.8 feet on July 11, 1951.

Cottonwood Falls: Warning from Tuesday night until Friday

*Current stage: N/A
*Flood stage: 9 feet
*Above flood stage: Tuesday afternoon
*Estimated crest: 10.8 feet Wednesday morning. Water covers fields and some rural roads at 10 feet. At 11 feet, flooding gets into Cottonwood Falls' Bates Park and cropland along the river.

The Neosho River at Neosho Rapids is also under a flood warning from Tuesday night until further notice.

*Current stage: 12.1 feet
*Flood stage: 22 feet
*Above flood stage: Early Wednesday morning
*Estimated crest: 27.5 feet early Thursday. Neosho covers large areas over both banks at 26 feet and overtops Road 145 on the west side of the Neosho Rapids river bridge at 23 feet.

Meanwhile, the Marais des Cygnes is in a flood warning until Wednesday.

*Current stage: 29.5 feet
*Flood stage: 17 feet
*Above flood stage: Through early Tuesday
*Estimated crest: 23.1 feet earlier Monday. River may experience a secondary crest near 18 feet Wednesday. Lowland areas flood along the river from 17-24 feet.

Several roads and intersections have now been closed in Lyon County:

*Road 150 at P and just west of Kansas Highway 99
*Road 155 at Kansas Highway 99
*Road 170 and G
*Road 240 from D to E
*Burlingame Road at N

Greenwood County says most of its low-water crossings are impassable due to heavy rain since Wednesday. The KVOE studios have received nearly six inches of rainfall since last Wednesday, including 1.3 inches Monday.

Fell says people have a tendency to pay attention to flooding once it's happening.



Due to the risk of more inclement weather, the following schedule adjustments have been reported for Monday evening:

*Emporia Recreation Commission flag football games at the DeBauge Family Sports Complex are postponed until further notices. The complex will not be open for youth soccer practices.
*Couch to 5K is taking place inside the Lee Beran Recreation Center on Monday.
*Emporia High varsity and JV soccer matches scheduled for Monday night are postponed to Thursday. C-team football is also postponed to Thursday.


We'll keep you posted on KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media. If you have rain totals or schedule adjustments, call KVOE at 342-1400.

10: 35 am Monday:

Some area rivers continue to rise as rains continue to pour down.


The Cottonwood River at Cottonwood Falls affecting Chase County and near Plymouth, affecting Chase and Lyon counties is in a flood warning from late Tuesday night until Friday evening. The river is expected to crest at 10.8 feet Wednesday evening, above the flood stage of 9 feet. If the river rises to 11 feet, it would cause flooding at Bates Park in Cottonwood Falls and at cropland along the river.

In addition, a flood warning is also up for the Marais des Cygnes River near Quenemo until Wednesday night. The river is expected to crest at 23.1 feet Monday, above flood stage of 12.3 feet. The river should go back below flood stage tonight Monday but could crest near 18 feet Wednesday morning.

Flood watches also continue for Lyon, Chase, Coffey, Morris and Wabaunsee counties until 7 a.m. Wednesday.

9 a.m. Monday

KVOE listeners slogged through a wet weekend, and the start of the work week looks to be wet as well.

TV-13 meteorologist Doug Meyers anticipates several periods of moderate to occasionally heavy rain through Tuesday.

The KVOE studios received 3.85 inches of rain over the weekend, including 1.25 inches Monday morning as waves of rainfall covered much of Kansas. Other totals since Saturday:

*Emporia Municipal Airport: 2.2 inches
*Allen: 2.70 inches
*Bushong: 3.05 inches
*5 miles east of Madison: 4.5 inches
*Olpe: 2.4 inches

Since Wednesday night, when the rain became more prevalent, we have received almost 5.7 inches at the KVOE studios. That has saturated the ground, but so far the only barricaded road in Lyon County is the 1500 block of Road R and Lyon County Dispatch says residents can use that road at their own risk.

Flood watches continue for Lyon, Chase, Coffey, Morris and Wabaunsee counties until 7 am Wednesday. Rivers are rising, and a flood warning is now up for the Marais des Cygnes River near Quenemo until Wednesday night. The river is expected to crest at 23.1 feet Monday, above flood stage of 12.3 feet. The river should go back below flood stage Monday night but could crest near 18 feet Wednesday morning.

Meyers says there is a marginal severe weather risk for wind Monday. There is a marginal-to-slight risk for hail and high wind Tuesday as a cold front pushes across the area.

We'll keep you posted on KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media. If you have rain totals, call KVOE at 342-1400.

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