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Historic Flooding Inundates Kansas City Metro

On Friday night, heavy rain fell across the Kansas City metro area leading to extensive and flooding throughout the city. The Kansas City National Weather Service issued its first-ever Flash Flood Emergency during the event. Water levels rose above car doors, leading to widespread road closures throughout the city and multiple water rescues took place.

A Flash Flood Emergency was declared throughout the metro area on Friday evening.

There were nearly a dozen water rescues throughout the area as 1 to 6 inches of rain flooded the city. The heavy rain caused Brush Creek River to rise about 10 feet over about an hour.

Multiple roads, including the city’s famous streetcar and portions of the downtown loop were closed during the floods on Friday night.
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The National Weather Service in Kansas City measured 4.56” of rainfall on Friday making it the 11th wettest day since the NWS started recording records. More rain is yet to come as we head into the weekend. New rainfall amounts of less than half an inch through the Kansas City Metro are expected through Monday.

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The full flood damage has yet to be assessed, while we do know that several vehicles have been lost.

If you are ever in a flooding situation, please Turn Around and Don’t Drown!

For WeatherNation Meteorologist Kylee Miller

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