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Severe Storms and Torrential Rain Brings Flooding to Northeast Kansas

On the afternoon of June 1, severe thunderstorms formed across northeast Kansas as a warm front lifted northward through the area. Most of these storms produced severe hail up to the size of golf balls, but some of the stronger storms brought hail up to the size of baseballs. One of the strongest storms formed in Marion and McPherson counties and moved northward into Dickinson county. This storm produced a large amount of baseball sized hail and even some stones up to the size of softballs between Solomon and Abilene.  Some of the storms had strong rotation and one storm even produced a funnel cloud near Agenda. Aside from the significant hail and brief funnels, these storms were slow moving and brought torrential rain which has caused significant flooding to Manhattan, Louisville, Ogden, and Morganville. The storms which caused the flooding brought between 6 and 9 inches of rain over a 6 hour period to Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, and Dickinson counties. In Manhattan the Red Bud Estates was completely inundated with running water from Wildcat Creek. Rock Creek in Louisville rose out of its banks and flooded some residences along Highway 99.  Subtantial flooding also occurred in the town of Morganville in Clay County and Ogden in Riley county.

 

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Above:  Radar loop of the storms that brought large hail and torrential rain to north central and northeast Kansas Wednesday.  This loop runs from 1230 PM Wednesday through 415 AM Thursday.  (1730Z - 0915Z)

 

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Above Left: Radar estimated rain totals from Wednesday and Wednesday night. 
Above Right:  Cooperative observer reports of measured rainfall totals from the same time.

 

Big Hail in Abilene   More Big Hail

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Above:  Softball sized hail fell in the western parts of Abilene on Wednesday afternoon.
Photos courtesy Chancy Smith Dickinson County Emergency Management

 

 

 

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Above:  As the storm went through Abilene it demonstrated a dramatic lowering. 
Photos courtesy Chancy Smith Dickinson County Emergency Management and Paul Froelich and KSAL

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Local Storm Reports:

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0207 PM     HEAVY RAIN       7 N GREEN               39.53N 97.00W
06/01/2011  M3.50 INCH       CLAY               KS   PUBLIC

            859 ROAD HAD WATER RUNNING ACROSS THE ROAD. APPROXIMATELY
            3 INCHES DEEP FROM THE NEARBY FIELD.

0223 PM     HEAVY RAIN       5 N GREEN               39.50N 97.00W
06/01/2011  E1.50 INCH       CLAY               KS   PUBLIC

            STORM TOTAL RAINFALL.

0245 PM     HAIL             2 WNW OLSBURG           39.44N 96.64W
06/01/2011  E1.00 INCH       POTTAWATOMIE       KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

0307 PM     HAIL             NNW WESTMORELAND        39.40N 96.42W
06/01/2011  E1.25 INCH       POTTAWATOMIE       KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            QUARTER TO HALF DOLLAR SIZE HAIL COLLECTING ON THE
            GROUND.

0307 PM     HAIL             WESTMORELAND            39.39N 96.41W
06/01/2011  E1.00 INCH       POTTAWATOMIE       KS   EMERGENCY MNGR

0330 PM     HAIL             10 E WESTMORELAND       39.39N 96.23W
06/01/2011  E1.00 INCH       POTTAWATOMIE       KS   PUBLIC

0341 PM     HAIL             7 N ST. MARYS           39.30N 96.07W
06/01/2011  E1.75 INCH       POTTAWATOMIE       KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            ON HWY 63. ALSO ESTIMATED 50 MPH WINDS.

0353 PM     HAIL             1 NNW EMMETT            39.32N 96.06W
06/01/2011  E1.50 INCH       POTTAWATOMIE       KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

0355 PM     HAIL             EMMETT                  39.31N 96.06W
06/01/2011  E2.75 INCH       POTTAWATOMIE       KS   PUBLIC

            ESTIMATED 50 MPH WINDS. RELAYED THROUGH DISPATCH.

0357 PM     HAIL             OSAGE CITY              38.63N 95.83W
06/01/2011  E1.75 INCH       OSAGE              KS   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE

0359 PM     HAIL             2 NNW OSAGE CITY        38.66N 95.84W
06/01/2011  E1.75 INCH       OSAGE              KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

0400 PM     HAIL             FRANKFORT               39.71N 96.42W
06/01/2011  E0.75 INCH       MARSHALL           KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

0404 PM     HAIL             2 NNW OSAGE CITY        38.66N 95.84W
06/01/2011  E2.00 INCH       OSAGE              KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

0404 PM     HAIL             1 SW OSAGE CITY         38.63N 95.83W
06/01/2011  E1.25 INCH       OSAGE              KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

0408 PM     HAIL             2 NNW OSAGE CITY        38.66N 95.84W
06/01/2011  E1.75 INCH       OSAGE              KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

0428 PM     HAIL             4 SSE SCRANTON          38.72N 95.72W
06/01/2011  E1.00 INCH       OSAGE              KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

0447 PM     HEAVY RAIN       BLAINE                  39.50N 96.40W
06/01/2011  E2.50 INCH       POTTAWATOMIE       KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            ALSO PENNY SIZE HAIL.

0447 PM     HEAVY RAIN       BLAINE                  39.50N 96.40W
06/01/2011  E2.50 INCH       POTTAWATOMIE       KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

0455 PM     TSTM WND GST     1 N HOYT                39.26N 95.71W
06/01/2011  E75.00 MPH       JACKSON            KS   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            GOLFBALL SIZED HAIL ALSO REPORTED.

0458 PM     HAIL             3 SSE MAYETTA           39.30N 95.70W
06/01/2011  E1.00 INCH       JACKSON            KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

0501 PM     HEAVY RAIN       NNE MARYSVILLE          39.85N 96.64W
06/01/2011  E1.50 INCH       MARSHALL           KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            RAINFALL TOTAL SINCE 2 PM CDT. SPOTTER LIVES ON A HILL
            AND WAS UNAWARE OF ANY FLOODING ISSUES.

0531 PM     HAIL             GOFF                    39.66N 95.93W
06/01/2011  E0.88 INCH       NEMAHA             KS   PUBLIC

0541 PM     FLASH FLOOD      SW SENECA               39.83N 96.06W
06/01/2011                   NEMAHA             KS   911 CALL CENTER

            WATER COVERING K187 HIGHWAY. HIGHWAY IS NOT CLOSED BUT
            DEPUTIES ARE ON THE SCENE DIRECTING TRAFFIC.

0547 PM     HAIL             1 SSE WETMORE           39.62N 95.81W
06/01/2011  E1.00 INCH       NEMAHA             KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            HAIL HAS BEEN FALLING FOR THE PAST 5 MINS

0553 PM     HAIL             SE OZAWKIE              39.23N 95.47W
06/01/2011  M1.00 INCH       JEFFERSON          KS   NWS EMPLOYEE

0555 PM     TSTM WND GST     SE OZAWKIE              39.23N 95.47W
06/01/2011  E65.00 MPH       JEFFERSON          KS   NWS EMPLOYEE

            60-65 MPH WINDS CAUSED MINOR TREE DAMAGE ALONG HIGHWAY 92
            OVER PERRY LAKE.

0604 PM     HEAVY RAIN       2 ESE OZAWKIE           39.22N 95.43W
06/01/2011  M1.46 INCH       JEFFERSON          KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            STORM TOTAL SINCE 530 PM CDT.

0605 PM     HAIL             2 ESE OZAWKIE           39.22N 95.43W
06/01/2011  E1.00 INCH       JEFFERSON          KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            30-35 MPH WINDS.

0610 PM     HAIL             5 E OLSBURG             39.43N 96.52W
06/01/2011  E0.75 INCH       POTTAWATOMIE       KS   PUBLIC

0628 PM     HEAVY RAIN       4 WSW WOODLAWN          39.77N 95.94W
06/01/2011  M1.00 INCH       NEMAHA             KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            STORM TOTAL

0719 PM     HAIL             8 SSW ABILENE           38.81N 97.28W
06/01/2011  E1.00 INCH       DICKINSON          KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

0724 PM     HAIL             7 W AGENDA              39.71N 97.56W
06/01/2011  E2.00 INCH       REPUBLIC           KS   EMERGENCY MNGR

            210 AND VALLEY ROAD

0734 PM     HAIL             4 SE ABILENE            38.87N 97.15W
06/01/2011  E1.25 INCH       DICKINSON          KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            LOTS OF QUARTER SIZED HAIL WITH HALF DOLLARS MIXED IN.

0740 PM     HAIL             ABILENE                 38.92N 97.21W
06/01/2011  E2.75 INCH       DICKINSON          KS   LAW ENFORCEMENT

0744 PM     HAIL             NE ABILENE              38.92N 97.21W
06/01/2011  E1.75 INCH       DICKINSON          KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

0747 PM     HAIL             1 W ABILENE             38.92N 97.23W
06/01/2011  E4.50 INCH       DICKINSON          KS   EMERGENCY MNGR

            DELAYED REPORT. 4 TO 5 INCH HAIL IN ABILENE. TIME
            ESTIMATED BASED ON RADAR.

0749 PM     HAIL             NE ABILENE              38.92N 97.21W
06/01/2011  E2.75 INCH       DICKINSON          KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            GOLFBALL TO BASEBALL HAIL COVERING GROUND.

0800 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     1 WNW AGENDA            39.72N 97.46W
06/01/2011                   REPUBLIC           KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            SPOTTER WAS LOOKING NORTHWEST.

0933 PM     HAIL             2 SW CARLTON            38.67N 97.32W
06/01/2011  E0.75 INCH       DICKINSON          KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

0945 PM     HAIL             2 SW CARLTON            38.67N 97.32W
06/01/2011  E1.75 INCH       DICKINSON          KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            LASTED FROM 930 PM TO 945 PM CDT.

0956 PM     HAIL             4 W CARLTON             38.69N 97.37W
06/01/2011  E1.00 INCH       DICKINSON          KS   PUBLIC

            COVERING THE GROUND

1000 PM     HAIL             CLIFTON                 39.57N 97.28W
06/01/2011  E1.00 INCH       WASHINGTON         KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

1008 PM     HAIL             11 SSW ABILENE          38.77N 97.32W
06/01/2011  E1.50 INCH       DICKINSON          KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            HAIL BEGAN FALLING AT 953 PM CDT AS NICKELS AND INCREASED
            IN SIZE WITH TIME.

1033 PM     TSTM WND GST     ABILENE                 38.92N 97.21W
06/01/2011  M64.00 MPH       DICKINSON          KS   AWOS

            SUSTAINED WIND SPEED OF 54 MPH

1035 PM     HEAVY RAIN       CLYDE                   39.59N 97.40W
06/01/2011  M2.79 INCH       CLOUD              KS   CO-OP OBSERVER

            RAINFALL THROUGH 1035 PM CDT.

1036 PM     HAIL             3 WSW ABILENE           38.90N 97.26W
06/01/2011  E1.75 INCH       DICKINSON          KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

1100 PM     HEAVY RAIN       TESCOTT                 39.01N 97.88W
06/01/2011  M2.10 INCH       OTTAWA             KS   PUBLIC

            STORM TOTAL FROM 1015 PM TO 1100 PM CDT

1104 PM     HEAVY RAIN       6 E CLIFTON             39.57N 97.17W
06/01/2011  E2.00 INCH       WASHINGTON         KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            CREEKS AND DITCHES ARE BANK FULL.

1142 PM     TSTM WND GST     SOLOMON                 38.92N 97.36W
06/01/2011  E60.00 MPH       DICKINSON          KS   PUBLIC

1211 AM     FLASH FLOOD      AGENDA                  39.71N 97.43W
06/02/2011                   REPUBLIC           KS   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            HIGHWAY 148 CLOSED BETWEEN TALMO AND AGENDA WITH 3 TO 5
            FEET OF WATER FLOWING OVER THE ROAD.

1216 AM     TSTM WND GST     3 NNW JUNCTION CITY     39.07N 96.85W
06/02/2011  E65.00 MPH       GEARY              KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            ESTIMATED 60 TO 65 MPH WITH ZERO VISIBILITY.

1216 AM     FLASH FLOOD      1 S AGENDA              39.69N 97.43W
06/02/2011                   REPUBLIC           KS   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            ROADS 220 SOUTH OF WAYNE AND 290 SOUTH OF ADGENDA ARE
            CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER RUNNING OVER THE ROADWAYS.

1220 AM     TSTM WND DMG     1 S JUNCTION CITY       39.01N 96.83W
06/02/2011                   GEARY              KS   EMERGENCY MNGR

            SMALL TREE DOWNED NEAR I-70 AND WASHINGTON STREET

1220 AM     HAIL             3 NNW JUNCTION CITY     39.07N 96.85W
06/02/2011  E0.88 INCH       GEARY              KS   STORM CHASER

0100 AM     FLASH FLOOD      4 SSE MINNEAPOLIS       39.07N 97.68W
06/02/2011                   OTTAWA             KS   EMERGENCY MNGR

            NUMEROUS COUNTY ROADS WERE IMPASSABLE OVERNIGHT DUE TO
            HIGH WATER.

0200 AM     FLASH FLOOD      MORGANVILLE             39.47N 97.20W
06/02/2011                   CLAY               KS   EMERGENCY MNGR

            MORGANVILLE INUNDATED BY FLASH FLOODING. NUMEROUS CITY
            BUILDINGS FLOODED. VIRTUALLY ALL ROADS IN THE VINCINTY
            ACROSS NORTHERN CLAY COUNTY WERE WASHED OUT.

0300 AM     FLASH FLOOD      4 N WELLS               39.20N 97.55W
06/02/2011                   OTTAWA             KS   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            WATER FLOWING OVER INTERSECTION OF 210TH AND QUARTZ ROAD

0347 AM     FLASH FLOOD      MANHATTAN               39.18N 96.57W
06/02/2011                   RILEY              KS   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            INTERSECTION OF ANDERSON AND SCENIC ROADS CLOSED WITH AT
            LEAST 6 INCHES OF FLOWING WATER. PORTIONS OF GARDENWAY RD
            CLOSED. APARTMENT BEING EVACUATED NEAR WILDCAT CREEK AS
            CREEK EXPECTED TO COME OUT OF BANKS.

0503 AM     FLOOD            GLASCO                  39.36N 97.84W
06/02/2011                   CLOUD              KS   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            12 TO 18 INCHES OF WATER OVER RESIDENTIAL STREETS.

0504 AM     HEAVY RAIN       4 NE LONGFORD           39.21N 97.28W
06/02/2011  M5.00 INCH       CLAY               KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

0515 AM     FLASH FLOOD      2 S CLAY CENTER         39.35N 97.12W
06/02/2011                   CLAY               KS   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            6 INCHES OF FLOWING WATER OVER HIGHWAY 15

0515 AM     FLASH FLOOD      5 SE JUNCTION CITY      38.98N 96.77W
06/02/2011                   GEARY              KS   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            2700TH BLOCK OF RIDGE ROAD CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER.
            WATER WASHED ROCKS ONTO K-57.

0520 AM     FLASH FLOOD      3 E BLAINE              39.50N 96.35W
06/02/2011                   POTTAWATOMIE       KS   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            ROCKS WASHED OVER HIGHWAY 16 NEAR WHEATON. KDOT SENT TO
            CLEAR ROADWAY.

0520 AM     FLASH FLOOD      3 W ST. GEORGE          39.19N 96.48W
06/02/2011                   POTTAWATOMIE       KS   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            BOTH LANES OF HIGHWAY 24 UNDER WATER 3 MILES WEST OF ST
            GEORGE.

0520 AM     FLASH FLOOD      2 W ST. GEORGE          39.19N 96.46W
06/02/2011                   POTTAWATOMIE       KS   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            FLOWING WATER BROKE OUT BASEMENT WINDOW OF HOUSE WEST OF
            ST GEORGE NEAR TUMBLEWEED TERRACE.

0610 AM     FLASH FLOOD      2 ENE ABILENE           38.93N 97.18W
06/02/2011                   DICKINSON          KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            FLOODING 1/4 OF A MILE EAST OF OLD 40 HIGHWAY AND JEEP RD
            IN DICKINSON COUNTY REPORTED THROUGH E-SPOTTER.

0610 AM     HEAVY RAIN       BLAINE                  39.50N 96.40W
06/02/2011  E4.67 INCH       POTTAWATOMIE       KS   CO-OP OBSERVER

            24 HOUR RAINFALL TOTAL

0615 AM     HEAVY RAIN       N CIRCLEVILLE           39.51N 95.86W
06/02/2011  E2.20 INCH       JACKSON            KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            12 HR TOTAL.

0625 AM     FLOOD            5 W MILTONVALE          39.35N 97.54W
06/02/2011                   CLOUD              KS   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            4 TO 5 FEET OF WATER IS COVERING A 10 MILE STRETCH OF
            CAMP ROAD WEST OF MILTONVALE

0627 AM     HEAVY RAIN       6 NNW RANDOLPH          39.51N 96.80W
06/02/2011  E3.88 INCH       RILEY              KS   CO-OP OBSERVER

            24 HR RAINFALL TOTAL.

0633 AM     HEAVY RAIN       4 ESE AGENDA            39.68N 97.36W
06/02/2011  E3.95 INCH       WASHINGTON         KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            24 HOUR RAINFALL TOTAL

0635 AM     HEAVY RAIN       6 N WELLS               39.22N 97.55W
06/02/2011  E2.40 INCH       OTTAWA             KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            24 HOUR RAINFALL TOTAL

0656 AM     HEAVY RAIN       CLYDE                   39.59N 97.40W
06/02/2011  M3.45 INCH       CLOUD              KS   CO-OP OBSERVER

0659 AM     FLASH FLOOD      3 W MANHATTAN           39.18N 96.63W
06/02/2011                   RILEY              KS   EMERGENCY MNGR

            EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTS EVACUATIONS NEAR THE GARDEN
            WAY APARTMENTS...THE HIGHLAND RIDGE AREA AND THE RED BED
            AREA NEAR SCENIC DRIVE. FLASH FLOODING CONTINUES ALONG
            WILDCAT CREEK.

0701 AM     FLASH FLOOD      OGDEN                   39.11N 96.71W
06/02/2011                   RILEY              KS   EMERGENCY MNGR

            FLASH FLOODING AND EVACUATIONS OCCURRING ALONG 7 MILE
            CREEK NEAR OGDEN

0711 AM     HEAVY RAIN       ENTERPRISE              38.90N 97.12W
06/02/2011  E2.05 INCH       DICKINSON          KS   CO-OP OBSERVER

            ALSO REPORTED NICKEL SIZED HAIL AND 1 INCH LIMBS DOWN
            DOWN.

0812 AM     HEAVY RAIN       CUBA                    39.80N 97.46W
06/02/2011  M5.19 INCH       REPUBLIC           KS   CO-OP OBSERVER

            24 HOUR RAINFALL TOTAL

0815 AM     HEAVY RAIN       CLAY CENTER             39.38N 97.12W
06/02/2011  E6.60 INCH       CLAY               KS   CO-OP OBSERVER

            24 HOUR TOTAL

0815 AM     HEAVY RAIN       4 W WAKEFIELD           39.22N 97.09W
06/02/2011  M8.62 INCH       CLAY               KS   CO-OP OBSERVER

0834 AM     HEAVY RAIN       2 N MANHATTAN           39.21N 96.57W
06/02/2011  M5.76 INCH       RILEY              KS   CO-OP OBSERVER

            24 HR TOTAL

0842 AM     FLASH FLOOD      OGDEN                   39.11N 96.71W
06/02/2011                   RILEY              KS   EMERGENCY MNGR

            WATER OVER K-114 AND K-18 IN OGDEN HAS SHUT DOWN ACCESS
            TO THE CITY. PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST OGDEN ARE BEING
            EVACUATED NEAR K-18 AND WALNUT ROAD.

0844 AM     HEAVY RAIN       CUBA                    39.80N 97.46W
06/02/2011  M5.19 INCH       REPUBLIC           KS   CO-OP OBSERVER

            24 HOUR RAINFALL TOTAL

0924 AM     HEAVY RAIN       4 NW RANDOLPH           39.47N 96.81W
06/02/2011  M4.80 INCH       RILEY              KS   CO-OP OBSERVER

            24 HOUR RAINFALL TOTAL

0940 AM     FLASH FLOOD      LOUISVILLE              39.25N 96.31W
06/02/2011                   POTTAWATOMIE       KS   EMERGENCY MNGR

            ROCK CREEK IS OUT OF ITS BANKS AND IS FLOODING RESIDENCES
            ALONG THE WEST SIDE OF HIGHWAY 99 IN LOUISVILLE.

0950 AM     FLOOD            4 NNE MINNEAPOLIS       39.18N 97.68W
06/02/2011                   OTTAWA             KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            SPOTTER ESTIMATES 2-3 FEET OF WATER OVER THE ROAD AT
            TREATY RD AND 190TH RD.

1002 AM     HEAVY RAIN       8 SW WAMEGO             39.11N 96.39W
06/02/2011  M2.95 INCH       WABAUNSEE          KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            STORM TOTAL

1028 AM     HEAVY RAIN       5 E HOYT                39.26N 95.61W
06/02/2011  M3.70 INCH       JACKSON            KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            STORM TOTAL

1202 PM     HEAVY RAIN       2 WNW OLSBURG           39.44N 96.64W
06/02/2011  M5.00 INCH       POTTAWATOMIE       KS   TRAINED SPOTTER

            24 HOUR RAINFALL TOTAL MEASURED SINCE 1 PM YESTERDAY.