April showers overflow Osage County

Salt Creek flowed out of it banks Wednesday, and lapped at the front door of the Lyndon Community Center and closed Second Street. Photo by Neva Smith.

Osage County streams are full to the brim after overnight thunderstorms moved through dropping four or more inches of rain across the area. The National Weather Service of Topeka has issued a flood warning in effect until 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2016, for most of the county. Flooding has been reported at Lyndon, where Salt Creek was out of its banks at noon today, and Quenemo, where the Marais des Cygnes River was above flood stage this morning. In addition, several highways in the county were closed this morning due to water across the roadways.

At 12:45 p.m., Salt Creek’s stage was 14.9 feet; flood stage is 10 feet. Minor flooding is occurring and expected to continue throughout today. As forecast, the creek will continue to fall below flood stage by tonight. Impact from flooding includes water overflows of the north bank of the creek and into fields just east of the U.S. Highway 75 bridge. Salt Creek flows under the highway at the south edge of Lyndon.

At Quenemo, the Marais des Cygnes River was reported above flood stage around 9 a.m. today. Flood stage is 17 feet, and the river was at 26.1 feet this morning. The river is forecast to rise to near 28.2 feet by late this afternoon, and expected to fall below flood stage Thursday morning. NWS reports that at 26.1 feet, farm fields along the river just north and east of South Stubbs Road bridge floods. South Stubbs Road remains flooded this afternoon about 2 miles south of Quenemo.

NWS also reported that Marais des Cygnes River is flooding above Reading, affecting Lyon and Osage counties. At 1 p.m. Wednesday the stage was 23.8 feet; flood stage is 19 feet. At 23.0 feet, overflow on the right bank was in several swift channels over Road Y 5, about 3 miles north of Reading. Moderate flooding is occurring and the river is expected to continue to fall to below flood stage by this evening.

NWS’s hazardous weather outlook for east central, north central and northeast Kansas forecasts widespread flooding of larger creeks and rivers across much of the area will continue throughout today and could possibly continue through Friday. Also predicted is potential for strong to severe thunderstorms on Saturday.

Other Kansas rivers and streams under flood warnings Wednesday include Black Vermillion River at Frankfort, Marshall County; Mill Creek near Paxico, Wabaunsee County; Soldier Creek near Delia, Jackson and Shawnee counties; Big Blue River near Blue Rapids, Marshall County; Cottonwood River near Emporia, Lyon County; Neosho River near Emporia, Lyon County; Neosho River near Neosho Rapids, Lyon County; Pottawatomie Creek near Scipio, Anderson and Franklin counties; and Wakarusa River at Wakarusa, Shawnee County.

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Lyndon’ community garden likely received enough water to last through the growing season after Tuesday night’s rains caused flooding along Salt Creek. The garden was flooded Wednesday, with only the raised beds showing above the water level. Photo by Neva Smith.

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