MID-AFTERNOON UPDATE: Flood damage to Lyon County's road network listed as significant; county added to state disaster declaration

MID-AFTERNOON UPDATE: Flood damage to Lyon County's road network listed as significant; county added to state disaster declaration Chuck Samples/KVOE News

Lyon County has joined several neighboring counties in the state's disaster declaration as the impact of two recent rounds of floods becomes more apparent.


Governor Laura Kelly added Lyon and several other counties Monday after starting with 15 counties, including Chase, Greenwood and Osage, at the height of the flooding last week. This step both frees up state resources to help with recovery and also sets the table for federal reimbursement dollars, provided the county hits its threshold of over $120,000 -- which is all but guaranteed -- and the state hits its baseline of around $4.1 million.

County roads and other infrastructure have been damaged. Assistant County Engineer Jim Brull says "it's going to be quite the process" to get roads repaired.

Brull says this round of repairs will take a lot of time to finish. He asks drivers to be patient and to heed barricades that could be up well after the flooding officially ends, perhaps as soon as Tuesday.

The good news, Brull says, is there are no apparent bridge washouts at this time. However, around 40 roads and intersections are still closed:

-1900 Road 60
-Road 140 from Road H to Road K-5
-Road 145 from Road G to Road H; west of Neosho Rapids river bridge
-Road 150 from Road C to Road E; Road E to Road F; from Road H to Road K-5; from Road M to Road N; from Road N to Road R; west of Road X
-Road 155 from Road K to Road K-5
-Road 160 from Road N to Road R; Road R to Road S
-Road 170 from Road N to Road R
-Road 177 West of Road P5
-Road 240 from Road D to Road E
-Road A from Road 170 to Road 180
-Road B-2 from Road 170 to Road 180
-Road B-5 from Road 170 to Road 180
-Road C from US Highway 50 to Road 180
-Road E from Road 140 to Road 160
-Road F from Road 160 north
-Road G from Road 140 to Road 145
-Road G5 from Road 170 to Road 175
-Road H from Road 140 to Road 145
-Road J from Road 130 to Road 160
-Road K from Road 130 to Road 155
-Road M from Road 137 to Road 150
-Road N from Road 160 to Road 170
-Road P from Road 160 to Road 170
-Road R from Road 160 to Road 170; from Road 140 to Road 160
-Road S from Road 130 to Road 137
-Road T from Road 130 to Road 150
-Road W from Road 122 to Road 145; south of Road 155

Flooding continues along the Neosho at Neosho Rapids, so the county road network still hasn't fully emerged from the current flood. The river is now below 24 feet and sliding slowly towards flood stage of 22 feet. A flood warning continues until Tuesday night.

In Greenwood County, Emergency Management Director Levi Vinson says the damage to the county's road network is widespread, although it's mostly in normal flooding zones.

No bridges have been damaged, although some culverts have been washed out.

A report from Chase County is pending.

Stay with KVOE and KVOE.com for updates.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 14 May 2019 05:15

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