Hays resident continues to clean up after flood


For some, last Friday’s flood in Hays didn’t leave any damage.

“At this point, we’re kind of taking a look at all the bridges, cleaning up debris, some trees, anything that got stuck in the bridges as the water went through and cleaning up the streets,” said Jacob Wood, Hays Assistant City Manager. 

Overall, the city drainage system worked how it was supposed to, he said.

However, repair companies were busy fixing up homes with flooded out basements.

“With all the electrical storms and flooding and just all the inclement weather that we’ve had,” said Brent Urban, owner of Heating and Air. “It just seems like we’ve had a lot of different calls for different heating and air stuff. You know just a lot of different stuff to do always.”

Mike Fleenor’s basement was one basement that flooded to the main floor when he was out of town.

“Our family and friends were starting to call us,” he said. “We started seeing things on Facebook. And we’re like uh oh our house is going to be under water.”

Fleenor said when his family returned home, the house was worse than he expected it to be and damaged more than the infrastructure and wiring.

“We had all of our Christmas decorations, Halloween decoration,” Fleenor said. “Just a lot of personal stuff that got lost.”

For the past three days, Fleenor says he’s been hard at work pumping out the basement and trying to recover things.

“But a lot of stuff went to the dump,” he said. “Right now, I’m just working on boarding up all the openings to the basement before anything else can get in.”

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