Reno County Emergency Management ‘staffing up’ for emergency operations as flood waters rise

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The people who live along Cow Creek are still dealing with flooding. 

The Kansas Highway Patrol shared photos taken today while flying over Rice County, near Lyons. 

Some farms appear to be cut off by the water and that water is heading south to Reno County. 

Currently, the Cow Creek, the Little Arkansas River and Ninnescah River are rising. Reno County Emergency Management said the rising waters will cause issues for Reno County residents into next week.

“There’s really no meditating what’s coming, we know the floodwaters are coming- especially in the northwestern part of Hutchinson,” said Adam Weishaar, director of Reno County Emergency Management. “What we’re doing now is we’re staffing up our emergency operations center so, we’re going to be down here 24 hours a day until this thing is taken care of.”

Those operations will be 12-hour operations that start at 6:00 p.m.

“This is a very dynamic situation, road conditions are often changing faster than we are able to keep up with them,” read a statement from Reno County Emergency Management. “Residents need to pay close attention to the roadways. If there is water across the road, do not drive through it. Six inches of water can sweep a vehicle off of the roadway. “

Authorities said two vehicles have already been swept off of the roadways due to drivers driving through flooded areas. 

Reno County residents are being asked to check back on the Reno County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page for information and road closings. Residents should also call 911 in the event of an emergency. 

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