EVENING FLOOD UPDATE: Emporia's Wastewater Treatment plant damaged; impact to city systems, downstream residents unclear

EVENING FLOOD UPDATE: Emporia's Wastewater Treatment plant damaged; impact to city systems, downstream residents unclear Chuck Samples/KVOE News

The damage from May flooding is becoming more clear -- and more sobering -- as the actual flooding comes to an end.

Damage from Lyon County roads will top the county threshold of around $120,000 to public roads or buildings, and Lyon County Emergency Management Director Jarrod Fell says the total could shoot past $250,000. He says over 50 roads and intersections were closed when flooding was at its peak last week, with about 50  miles of road damaged.



There's also significant damage to Emporia city infrastructure. As part of a news release issued late Monday, the city says there was about $500,000 in combined damage to the Wastewater Treatment Plant in south Emporia as well as the city's sanitary sewer network as a whole. City leaders have not said what was damaged at the plant or the sewer network. There is no word on whether any harmful materials were released downstream as a result of damage to the Wastewater Treatment Plant, and there is no word yet on whether the damage impacts ongoing renovations to the plant to handle federal mandates on nutrients and other matters.

Damage assessments are in high gear in Lyon, Chase and Greenwood counties after several straight days of flooding last week on top of flooding from the week before, and Assistant Lyon County Engineer Jim Brull says "it's going to be quite the process" to get roads repaired as flooding comes to an end. Brull tells KVOE News some roads are washed out completely. In some cases, the washout goes down past the road base.

Brull's statement comes as Lyon County has joined several neighboring counties in the state's disaster declaration.

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 and the state hits its baseline of around $4.1 million.

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 involves washouts to roads and bridge approaches, although no bridges appear to have been impacted.

Stay with KVOE and KVOE.com for updates.

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