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City Responds to Localized Flooding

7/22/2015
Contact: Don Henry, Department of Public Works & Utilities |

City of Wichita officials on Wednesday provided an update on the flash flooding that occurred Tuesday afternoon in parts of the city.

All streets are now open, said Don Henry, a spokesman for Public Works & Utilities. Up to four inches of rain fell in areas of Wichita. The west side was hardest hit, particularly in areas along west Maple. A small number of streets were temporarily closed to allow flood water to recede.

The storm water system is able to handle most rain events, Henry said, and flash flooding is not a frequent occurrence.

“However, intense bands of heavy rain can sometimes overwhelm the system and lead to flash flooding,” Henry said. “The City has dozens of employees who inspect, maintain, and repair the drainage system throughout the year. This includes maintenance of more than 68,000 drainage structures and 1,200 miles of storm water mains.

While the storm water system ensures that the majority of rain events do not result in flash flooding, Henry said, it is impossible to eliminate all flash flooding all of the time.

City officials thanked motorists for the caution they exhibited on Tuesday.

Wichita Police Department officials reminded motorists to proceed cautiously when there is a possibility of flash flooding; when there is standing water, please find an alternate route.

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