Kansas Adjutant General's Department

Contact: Public Affairs Office- Catherine Horner
Email: catherine.f.horner.nfg@mail.mil

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13-084 Wichita death attributed to flooding; Officials urge caution in flood areas

A Wichita death has been attributed to flooding as a result of the recent heavy rains in the state. A 14-year-old boy disappeared Friday, Aug. 9, while swimming in flood waters in the Wichita-Valley Center Floodway, known locally as the Big Ditch. His body was recovered Sunday about 200 yards south of the area where he disappeared.

Emergency management officials are urging extreme caution in flooded areas.

“A foot of water may not seem like much, but flood waters move swiftly and can easily knock down an adult and pull the person under,” said Angee Morgan, deputy director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management. “Do not swim, wade, or drive through flooded areas. It only takes about a foot of water to float most cars and sweep them away into deeper areas.”

Currently, there is still minor flooding in these areas:

·  Arkansas River at Arkansas City -- Currently at approximately 18.4 feet and predicted to fall below flood stage Tuesday evening. Flood stage is 17 feet.

·  Cottonwood River at Emporia -- Currently at 20.8 feet and falling below flood stage today. Flood stage is 20 feet.

River gauge data may be accessed at http://water.weather.gov

More rain is forecast for much of the state today, which could cause more floods and flash floods as water runs off of already-saturated ground. Flood warnings are in effect for rivers and streams in Coffey, Cowley, Harvey, Lyon, Marion, McPherson and Reno Counties.

Local disaster declarations are in place in Barton, Bourbon, Chase, Clay, Cloud, Crawford, Dickinson, Greenwood, Harvey, Lane, Linn, Lyon, McPherson, Pratt, Reno, Republic, Rice and Wilson Counties. There are no requests for state assistance at this time and none are currently anticipated.

If you are traveling, the Kansas Department of Transportation advises you to keep abreast of local weather forecasts. For local road conditions please check with local authorities. For Kansas highway conditions related to flooding please use KanDrive, the online travel info portal, http://www.kandrive.org/, which displays information from the Kansas Department of Transportation’s traveler information technology. This includes highway cameras, dynamic message signs, traffic management centers and 511 phone, online and mobile (http://511mm.ksdot.org).

For additional information on flood safety for individuals, go to http://www.ksready.gov/default.asp?PageID=15 and for flood safety information for businesses, go to http://www.ksready.gov/default.asp?PageID=12.



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