Flood waters trap Kansas family


A Mulvane family spent Tuesday trapped on their property because of flood waters.

“Out our driveway, we can see the fields that are completely covered. It almost looks like we are on a lake,” said Annabelle Odom. “We can get down our driveway, but beyond that it’s completely washed out.”

Odom said she and her two kids piled into their car Tuesday morning to go to school, but their plans quickly changed.

“We chose to turn around halfway down. We were getting a little bit too deep,” she explained.

As the rain kept falling, the water around Odom’s property continued to rise.

“I’m not too worried about the house because we do kind of sit up on a hill on the property and I have the capability of moving some dirt if need be, but as far as my animals, it wouldn’t be the first time I pulled them into the garage,” Odom said.

Odom and her husband have several horses, about 30 chickens, pigs and ducks.

She said she took precautions to keep her animals dry, but the rain has proven mighty strong.

“I threw some extra pallettes in their pens, trying to get them up, but the roofs are about to give way because there has been too much water on these pretty old barns,” Odom said.

Odom said if that happens she will move her animals into her spare garage. 

In the meantime, she and her two kids are using the ‘flood day’ to catch up on some sleep and play video games.

“Yes, there has been a little bit more Fortnite time than I allow,” she laughed. “I’m hoping it recedes tomorrow. I’m supposed to go back to work, but I’m thinking that with the video my boss might just let me have a day.”

The Mulvane Fire Department did ask Odom if she and her kids needed to be rescued. She told them they were OK. 

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