Archive for Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Tonganoxie experiences Monday flooding

July 8, 2015

Tonganoxie experienced its share of inclement weather Monday night.

As the Kansas City metro area braced for flooding and tornadoes, Tonganoxie had its share of flooding.

Several streets had standing water.

The city’s Facebook page warned of several roads being impassible due to flash flooding.

VFW Park, as well as areas northeast of Magnatech Park had its share of flooding, while nearby Tonganoxie Creek was out of its banks.

Residents reported anywhere from 3-6 inches of rain falling within an hour.

The Tonganoxie City Council had a work session scheduled to discuss its 2016 budget at 6 p.m. Monday in council chambers, but officials canceled the meeting due to the inclement weather.

The council had a regular meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. That meeting went on as planned and the council discussed its budget with a work session after the regular meeting because of the earlier postponement.

In Basehor, officials were dealing with additional issues.

The city reported a sinkhole at 159th & Parallel near the entrance to a subdivision. Basehor Police chief Lloyd Martley told city officials at Monday’s council meeting that he was going to close it to all traffic in hopes that the rest of the road wouldn’t collapse.

Though flooding was subsiding Tuesday in parts of the area, there still were area road closures, including one in Leavenworth County.

The Kansas Department of Transportation reported Tuesday morning that Kansas Highway 5 over Seven-Mile Creek in Lansing still was closed due to high flood waters over the road. Flood waters receeded slightly overnight but then came back up over the road.

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