Several roads in Kiowa County remain flooded after storm dumps up to 4.5 inches in many places in the county.
Heavy rain pushed water over U.S. 54 in Mullinville Monday as a weather system brought big rainfall totals to the area. Roads in eastern Kiowa County were also deluged in the Labor Day flood. Greensburg received 4.5 inches and average rainfall across most of the county was the same, said Kelly Sugdon, Dodge City National Weather Service meteorologist.
Rains were very heavy at Mullinville and U.S. 54 was underwater for a time.
Rain east of Haviland filled the ditches between U.S. 54 and the Union Pacific railroad tracks. Water was very close to the tracks and there was some concern but no damage was reported.
Several county roads remained under water on the east side of the county also to the east of Haviland throughout the day Monday and into Tuesday.
Sudgon said a very moist weather pattern is drawing moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. The atmosphere is saturated with moisture and it’s about as wet as the atmosphere can get. It’s way above the usual amount of moisture in the air. The result is a system that makes lots of precipitation, she said.
“This system has become a very efficient rain producer,” Sugdon said. “We’re just going to have a lot of storms this week.”
A big ridge of pressure that is normally over the central plains is hanging out over the East Coast and holding the system in place here. As long as this system is in place, it will continue to bring moisture up out of the Gulf of Mexico. There will be scattered storms through the area through the week and temperatures will be lower than normal for this time of year. Several inch- es could fall in isolated areas but nothing like the widespread heavy rain that hit the area on Monday, Sugdon said.
But the area is in for a change. That pressure system on the East Coast should move on out and dry weather should return to south central Kansas this weekend along with some higher temperatures, Sugdon said.
In the meantime, road officials emphasize that no one should drive through standing, especially rushing, water on roadways. Turn around, don’t drown.
More rain is expected. @GaleR_Tribune