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Heavy Rain and Flooding Concerns From the Southwest to the Upper Midwest; Heat Continues to Build in the East

Widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop Friday afternoon in the Four Corners region and northern High Plains through the Upper Midwest. Stronger storms may produce heavy to excessive rainfall that will likely lead to scattered instances of flash and urban flooding. Meanwhile, the ongoing dangerous heat wave will peak across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic through the weekend. Read More >


The same upper level low pressure system that helped to trigger shower and thunderstorm development across the Central Plains Friday night produced widespread heavy rain across the region Saturday and Sunday.  This caused extensive river flooding across northeastern Kansas, and ponding of water over roadways and low lying areas across the region.  Numerous reports of flooded roadways and homes were received.


Kansas River from Sardou Bridge in Topeka morning of May 7.



Flooding east of Oakland Expressway to south of Kansas River, morning of May 7.



The Kansas River at Lawrence, Monday afternoon, May 7.




Cooperative Observers, Automated Surface Observation Stations, and Storm Spotters all reported rainfall amounts during the period to the National Weather Service at Topeka.  Several Cooperative Observers also record and report river levels for local creeks and streams. 


The National Weather Service Flood Safety Page can be found HERE.