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Intense upper level low pressure system allowed unseasonably moist airmass to lift north across the southern and central Plains. Widespread heavy rainfall north of a warm front started Monday afternoon May 20th and ramped up Monday night into Tuesday morning. Extremely high rainfall rates caused widespread flash flooding and river flooding.

Bouts of heavy rain and flooding continued for the next several days causing all of the rivers across central and south central Kansas to be in flood at some point. At one point, the NWS in Wichita had a river flood warning for 43 river points! Some rivers reached levels not seen in over a decade or even longer. Major flood category was reached along the Neosho, Arkansas, Vergigris and Walnut rivers with numerous other rivers reaching moderate flood stage.

Flash flooding became a more widespread concern on the evening of May 24th. This is when flash flood emergencies were issued for the Wichita area along with Greenwood county, including Eureka. Numerous cars were overtaken by water with evacuations needed in Eureka. Sections of several highways were closed through this event due to both river flooding and flash flooding, most of these in southeast Kansas. These included, Highway 99 north of Eureka, Highway 400 west of Neodesha, Highway 54 east of Eureka and Highway 39 east of Chanute. Evacuations were done below the Fall River dam during the early morning hours on May 25th and around 50 homes were evacuated in Independence due to rises on the Verdigris River. This page is still being updated with information.

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