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EVENING FLOOD UPDATE: Scope of Emporia Wastewater Plant damage not released; Strong City with major street damage Featured

Emporia's Wastewater Treatment Plant was damaged in flooding earlier this month. The extent remains unclear. Emporia's Wastewater Treatment Plant was damaged in flooding earlier this month. The extent remains unclear. Chuck Samples/KVOE News

Exactly what was damaged at Emporia's Wastewater Treatment Plant and the city's sanitary sewer network remains to be divulged.


Both the plant and sewer lines were damaged -- to the tune of around $500,000 -- over the past two weeks due to flooding. The city has not yet said whether any harmful materials went downstream and exactly what was damaged. Also, there's no word on whether the damage extends current work to renovate the plant and meet recent federal mandates on nutrient levels.

Meanwhile, Lyon County continues its damage assessment, especially with roads in far eastern parts of the county set to emerge by Tuesday night as the Neosho River finally goes below flood stage at Neosho Rapids. Current estimates have close to $250,000 in damages just to county roads, and that could climb based on the road conditions in eastern Lyon County. Over 50 roads and intersections were damaged over the past two weeks, and better than 40 remain 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

In fact, no county roads have opened to traffic since Friday.

Looking outside Lyon County, neighboring counties are also determining the extent of damage from two rounds of flooding earlier this month.

Chase County Emergency Management Director Scott Wiltse says the county does not have a cost estimate yet, although there is a lot of road damage south of US Highway 50 -- especially from Elmdale east to Strong City. Roads around Elmdale are largely washed out, and an engineer will be needed to inspect the dike near the town after water overtopped it in two separate locations, prompting a voluntary evacuation. Mayor Josh Simmons has not commented on the travel situation in and around Elmdale.

In Strong City, Mayor Mike Cahoone says two water pumps failed as flooding continued. Those should be repaired soon. As for roads...

Residents sandbagged public buildings for the first time since 1998, when floodwaters rose past 17 feet at the Cottonwood Falls gauge -- some three feet above last week's high-water mark. Those buildings remained safe.

Most damaged roads in Chase County will reopen this week. Word on bridge and culvert damage is pending.

Osage County's initial damage assessment is pending as well. KVOE News is awaiting comment from the county's Emergency Management Department.

As KVOE News reported this week, Greenwood County has widespread damage to its gravel road network -- mostly in standard flood zones. Access to Fall River State Park has been limited with roads covered by floodwaters.

Stay with KVOE and KVOE.com for updates.

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Last modified on Wednesday, 15 May 2019 09:42