Northwest Kansas residents clean up flood damage


Heavy rain fell in northwest Kansas Monday afternoon. 

Video shot by the Graham County Sheriff’s office showed water over Highway 283. It was enough to close the road down for several hours. The highway was eventually reopened. 

Graham County Emergency Management said 13 water rescues were performed.

KSN traveled to Hill City on Tuesday to check out the damage. People were working to salvage items from their homes and cars.

“At 9 o clock this morning, several of the houses, they couldn’t even get to them even though the rain had left,” said Sheriff Cole Presley, Graham County.

Residents said the flooding is something they’ve never seen. 

“Everything is damaged. All the buildings are damaged inside. They had three to four feet of water in them. Floors are gone. All the furniture is gone,” said Buck Watkins, Hill City resident. 

Officials said some areas received more than 10 inches of rain.

The National Weather Service said the Saline River north of WaKeeney crested at 23.99 feet at 5 a.m. It broke the record of 19.40 feet which was recorded on June 17, 1957.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said runoff from the Salina River will cause Wilson Lake to rise an estimated two to three feet over the next few days.


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