NATOMA, Kan. (KSNW) – Flooding hit parts of north-central Kansas hard early Sunday. The hardest-hit area was Natoma in Osborne County.
Local law enforcement reported flash flooding along Paradise Creek where between three and six inches of rain has fallen.
Although most of the rain has now stopped, runoff from the recent heavy rainfall has resulted in flash flooding.
Within the warned area, a few home evacuations have taken place. The high school building in Natoma is open. Anyone needing a place to get away from floodwaters can enter the building through the front or west entrances.
Observers reported that the flooding in Natoma was as bad as it was in 1993.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued a boil water advisory for Natoma public water supply system following the floods.
Also, flooding is affecting the U.S. 281 detour. U.S. 281 can not be accessed via K-18 at Luray. Also, eastbound U.S. 281 traffic cannot travel east of Luray due to flooding over the bridge construction shoo-fly.
(Courtesy: Ben and Sharon MacConnell)
Senator Jerry Moran has commented on the conditions in Natoma, stating “Horrific to see flooding again in Natoma. I have been in contact with local officials and KDEM, and everyone in Natoma has been rescued or is in a safe location. Officials also let me know that they still have 1-2 feet of water in most homes and some homes and sheds are moving. The water is showing signs of receding, but they are expecting more rain in the coming days.”
“I grew up just down the road from here and know the community well,” said Moran. “Please join me in praying for Natoma and the first responders and volunteers who are working tirelessly to save lives and cleanup before more rain. Please be safe and use caution if you are in southern Osborne County and southeastern Rooks County.”