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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Crews assess flood damage in central Kan. town

  • Emergency management workers will be going out door-to door in Lindsborg on Tuesday to assess damage from flash flooding that forced the evacuation of several homes.The water had mostly receded by Tuesday morning and residents were allowed to return to their homes, City Administrator Greg DuMars said.Early estimates i...
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  • Emergency management workers will be going out door-to door in Lindsborg on Tuesday to assess damage from flash flooding that forced the evacuation of several homes.
    The water had mostly receded by Tuesday morning and residents were allowed to return to their homes, City Administrator Greg DuMars said.
    Early estimates indicated that between 124 to 140 homes were flooded, mostly in an area that encompasses two subdivisions, DuMars said. Some areas were under as much as five feet of water at one point.
    "This area of town has never flooded like this before," he said. "We had water coming in from directions that had never been anticipated."
    Emergency crews used boats to evacuate about 35 or 40 people from their homes on Monday, said McPherson County emergency management director Dillard Webster. One injury was reported.
    The Red Cross set up a shelter, but no one used it because displaced residents stayed with family or friends, DuMars said.
    Between 4 and 5 inches of rain fell in about an hour Monday, overwhelming a retention pond, city officials said.
    A few buildings at Bethany College also got water in their basements, but nothing substantial, said school spokeswoman Stephanie McDowell. Crews were working to clean up and dry out the carpeting and floors. The flooding did not interrupt the college's normal operation.
    Heavy rain also caused problems across southeast Kansas, where many roads were covered. The National Weather Service says the water was receding in much of the area early Tuesday but urged drivers to remain cautious.

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