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June rains bring July floods across Osage County

Carbondale Police Department warned Carbondale citizens of flooded streets Monday morning. CPD photo.

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – Almost all of Osage County is in a flood warning today, July 1, 2024, after heavy overnight and early morning rainfall. The National Weather Service at Topeka issued warnings this morning about flooding along the Marais Des Cygnes River above Reading, which affects Osage and Lyon counties, and Salt Creek near Lyndon, while flooded roads have been reported in Carbondale and other areas.

The warning for Salt Creek is in effect until after midnight tonight, with the observed level of the creek at 1 foot above normal at 7:30 a.m. today. The river is expected to rise above flood stage of 10 feet late this morning to a crest of 13.0 feet this afternoon. It is then expected to begin falling below flood stage this afternoon.

When Salt Creek reaches a flood stage of 14.3 feet, water overflows its north bank and flows into fields just east of the U.S. Highway 75 bridge.

Flooding along the Marais des Cygnes River near Reading is expected from this morning to late tomorrow morning. At 7:30 a.m. today the stage was 3.5 feet, and the river is forecast to rise above flood stage late this morning to a crest of 25.1 feet this afternoon, when it will begin falling. Initial impacts of flooding in this area are noted at Lyon County Road 5, three miles north of Reading, where at 23 feet the river overflows it banks and over the road, and when at 25.7 feet, water overtops the bridge decking.

Elsewhere in Osage County, NWS has warned of flooding and flooded roads possible in Osage City, Overbrook, Scranton, Carbondale, and Burlingame. Around 8 a.m., U.S. Highway 56 east of Kansas Street, in Burlingame, was reported as flooded. The warning also includes Allen, Admire and Bushong in Lyon County, and a portion of the Kansas Turnpike between mile markers 138 and 158.

Immediate impacts are flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations, with streams continuing to rise due to excess runoff from earlier rainfall.

All motorists are reminded that when encountering flooded roads, “Turn around, don`t drown.” Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

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