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Photos: Weekend Downpours Lead to Evacuations in Kansas

By Jillian MacMath, Staff Writer
August 5, 2013; 8:48 AM ET
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Heavy rain pounded parts of Kansas over the weekend as strong storms hovered over the state.

Many counties received several inches, resulting in flooded roads, water rescues, evacuations and serious travel detours.

Hutchinson, Kan., received more than 6.25 inches of rain in only 12 hours through Sunday, more than Dodge City, Kan., has seen since May 1.

On Friday, Wichita, Kan., was already 4.37 inches of rain over their normal of 20.60 inches through Aug. 2. The city then picked up several inches through Sunday night.

Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport recorded 2.38 inches of rain, breaking the old record of 1.41 inches for the date, set in 2005.

The Salina Kansas airport also set a new rainfall record for the date Sunday after receiving 1.69 inches of rain. The previous record was set in 1962 at 0.98 of an inch.

As of Monday morning, numerous water-covered roads were still being reported in Harvey, Rice and Wilson counties, some of which were impassible.

Evacuations were underway in Fredonia, Kan., for residents living near the still-rising water as of 5:00 a.m. CDT, local law enforcement reported.

Photo taken in Halstead, Kan., by Twitter user @Tyler_R90, Tyler Ratzlaff.

Storms flooded Highway 50 in Kansas over the weekend. Photo courtesy of Twitter user @jshefte, Jordan Shefte.

"I haven't seen flooding this bad in the Wichita area since '08 or so. Pretty impressive," Bryce Kintigh, @stormchasrbryce, said on Twitter. Photo courtesy of Bryce Kintigh.

Photo courtesy of Twitter user @PattiKane8, Patti Kane. "Hope the rain calms as this could get bad," Kane tweeted.


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