Flooding concerns as tropical storm Gordon system heads our way

Jim Cunningham
September 05, 2018 - 6:16 am

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Flooding remains a concern as several rounds of rain are expected through the rest of the week across much of Kansas and Missouri.

Monday 300 people were evacuated from their homes in Manhattan following a nearly 9-inch rain event that inundated areas no living person had seen flooded before. Forecasters are worried that remnants from Tropical Storm Gordon, which is dumping precipitation on the Gulf Coast, will create problems in the Midwest.

With rivers and tributaries upstream swollen from days of heavy rains, it would not take much to cause creeks to rise in the Kansas City area.

People who live in flood-prone areas near creeks should be prepared to to head to higher ground, said Jonathan Kurtz, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.

"Several of our rivers are already forecast to flood, especially the main stem of the Missouri River and its tributaries," Kurtz said. "Things can change very fast -- especially with flash flooding -- an area that's dry can go quickly to flash flooding and become dangerous in a short amount of time, within a mater of an hour to two hours."

Urban areas can be more susceptible to flash flooding because of the excessive runoff created by all the concrete and asphalt, Kurtz said.

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